Our first meeting will be this Saturday, February 8th at 10:00am. We will meet at the Kathleen Clay Edwards branch of the Greensboro Public Library. It is located at 1420 Price Park Road. The phone number is: 336-373-2923.
Kathy Staples will be our guest lecturer this Saturday. She is planning to lecture on “Samplers 101”, a wonderful refresher for those of us who have had a long-standing love of samplers and a terrific foundation for those who are new to the sampler world.
By way of introduction, Kathy is a “mover and shaker” in the sampler world. Simply put, she is nothing short of an icon! She is an author, researcher, lecturer and textile historian with a particular passion for the 16th and 17th centuries. Kathy is affiliated with the Museum for Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) in Winston Salem, where she has served as the Chairman of the Advisory Board. As an independent curator, Kathy has curated exhibitions for the Textile Museum in Washington, DC and the DeWitt Wallace Gallery, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia. Her publications include “British Embroidery: Curious Works from the Seventeenth Century” (1998) and numerous articles in journals including ‘Sampler and Antique Quarterly’ and ‘PieceWork’ magazine. Additionally, Kathy is the owner of Curious Works Press, a publishing house that specializes in the field of embroidery history.
In addition to this fabulous lecture, Kathy will be bringing some antique samplers from her own collection to share with us; she has also encouraged us to bring our antique samplers to the meeting. While she will not assign a monetary value to your sampler, she will provide geographical context, historical significance as well as an identification of the materials used in its construction. She will be able to identify the girls’ school that your sampler might have come from as well as an understanding of any symbols used in the design. In short, Kathy will help you have a better appreciation for your sampler!
PLEASE NOTE: The meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 10:00, so that we can get to everything! After the meeting, there will be an optional lunch at the PANERA on New Garden Road.
PS. I will be bringing the collection of Freebie charts to those people who were unable to attend our Christmas Party. Also, I will be handing out a list of programs for 2014! We have a great year ahead of us! I’m so excited!!!!