Tuesday, August 14, 2012

How You Know

How do you know you have a fabulous husband? He accompanies you to the Chester County Historical Society to see the In Stitches show.

You gotta go. (Come to Pennsylvania!) There are scores of samplers done by girls at the Westtown school, founded in 1799. There are regular samplers, medallion samplers (Quaker*), "excerpts", and memorial samplers. There are pin balls, needlerolls, and the most awesome globes stitched on silk. In the advertising shot, you can also see a representation of the school. There are a few of these, but the board of trustees put the kibosh on those. They were "superfluous" to the girls' education. The samplers with letter or verses, and even the globes, obviously contributed to learning. But not the representations of the school itself.

The "excerpts" have a vine border with a part of a poem or bible verse in them. If I recall, they may even be from speeches and books. Every once in a while I am overcome by a speech or long passage from a book, and I think I should stitch it. This may be the best approach!

They let you take pictures but you need permission to post them to your blog, so I thought I'd cut out the middle man and ask for photos to use. They haven't responded. Probably figure they could have used the advertising at the beginning of the show rather than now (closes September 7).

*Seems strange to call them this since it was a Quaker school, and uh, they were pretty much all Quaker samplers. And many of them based on what they were doing across the pond at the Ackworth School.

8 comments:

Margaret said...

Ok, that looks really cool. Have to check and see how far away it is.....

Anonymous said...

That show looks wonderful. Thanks for posting about it.

dd

Colorado Stitcher said...

Lucky you to have a great hubby and be so close to a great show too!

Lelia said...

thx for sharing, and how odd you need permission to post your photos.

looking forward to the pix after permission granted

Chris said...

He is a keeper!
I am planning to get to the exhibit on the 7th and hit the Mercer Museum exhibit the next day. Yahoo!!!

Donna said...

We have great husbands, don't we?

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I did stitch a poem for my friend's God-daughter once, that looked really nice with a traditional border.

Sounds like a great place to visit. Lucky you!

Nancy said...

Dang it!! I knew there was something else I had wanted to see while I was in PA in June. I could not remember what it was. I visited family and friends and an LNS or two but that was the other place I had wanted to see.