July 27, 2010
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June 27, 2010
One year and 20 days ago I launched This Needlework of Mine. Its’ success continues to exceed my expectations and I marvel at how much I continue to learn because of it. While it might seem pretentious to quote him, I agree with Machiavelli’s thought that “whoever wishes to forsee the future must consult the past…” Over the next 12 months I will continue to look to the past but with an eye always on the future. Some new things I’m looking forward to are my new memberships in International Old Lacers, Inc. (http://www.internationaloldlace.org) and the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada, Inc. (http://www.eac.ca/). I am especially excited about a class that I will soon be starting with EAC.
And, thanks again y’all for helping to make this blog a success!
June 17, 2010
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May 25, 2010
“Faded the square of canvas,/And dim is the silken thread,/But I think of white hands dimpled,/And a childish, sunny head;/For here in cross and in tent stitch,/In wreath of berry and vine,/She worked it a hundred years ago,/ELIZABETH, AGED NINE.”–excerpt from The Old Sampler written by Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Sangster, a poet, author and editor. It was published in McGuffey’s Fifth Eclectic Reader in 1879.
Photo courtesy of McGuffey’s Fifth Eclectic Reader. To read the entire poem search Google Books with the following terms: the old sampler mcguffey fifth eclectic reader.
May 23, 2010
“Two unique features have contributed to the popularity and the satisfactions of both creating new and collecting old needlework. Foremost is the fact that throughout history no other tangible art has been so associated with women. It is true that men have pursued (and are pursuing) this art form, but their contribution, as amateur needleworkers, has been a minimal one.—Betty Ring, in the introduction of Needlework-An Historical Survey (1975)