Sunday, April 13, 2014

Stitching Nancy Jhonson

If you joined us on the road trip yesterday you went home with the chart for the Nancy Jhonson sampler and a piece of 30ct. linen to stitch your sampler on.
I started stitching her a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to share my journey and some things that I have noticed on the chart.
  There were 2 different colors of linen in the kit. The yellower fabric is parchment and the light color is linen. I have been stitching mine on the light linen color.
I have used the charted DMC colors except in one place. The majority of the sampler is stitched with 2 strands of floss over 2 linen threads. The over one section is stitched with one strand of floss.
   The symbol for the navy color on the graph is a triangle but on the color key it is a /. Just keep looking at the color picture too.
   The V, W, X and Y and the dividing band above them is supposed to be DMC #712. This color is almost the exact color of the linen so I used DMC #644 instead.
   I hope that this helps in your stitching of this sampler. I look forward to seeing some finishes posted here.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Road Trip Recap

  Today's guild meeting was our annual road trip. This year's destination was Raliegh,  NC.
The day started here at the Mordecai House. This beautiful house is the oldest house in the city of Raliegh standing on it's original foundation.
The oldest part of the house dates from 1785.
   The Mordecai family also had a Girls School in Warrenton,  NC. The house has 4 samplers on display. One of the samplers is the Nancy Jhonson sampler.
We were allowed to pass the original sampler around in her frame and spend a little time with her. Susan S. generously provided charts of this sampler for each of the guild members to take home as a souvenir of the road trip. Weeks Dye Works also donated the linen for each member to stitch their own copy of this sampler. Thank you Miranda and Susan for this generous gift.
  The Mordecai park also contains other structures that have been moved to the park to preserve them. There is a plantation chapel from Chatham County.
  And there is the Andrew Jackson house. Andrew Jackson lived here as an infant with his family. The building was the kitchen house of a hotel in Raliegh. They occupied the 2nd floor.
Here we all are out front of the house.
   After the house tour it was off to take a tour of the city.
All aboard!
   This trolley took us on an hour long tour  of Raliegh. The tour gave us a wonderful overview of the city. Raliegh is one of the fastest growing cities in the country.
This is the shimmer wall. Raliegh is the oak city and the oak is depicted on this building. The picture is made up of all these small louvers and when the wind moves across them it shimmers and the tree branches move. Very cool!
  After the tour it was time for lunch.
What a perfect day to sit outside.
After lunch it was off to Ornamentea.
Lots of beads, charms and other wonderful craft items. The store has lots of different classes. The best sampler stitcher find at the store were pieces of mica that you can use for windows or a pond for your sampler just like some of those amazing 17th century pieces.
  A few of the group went on to Lone Star Mercantile to do some more shopping.
   It was a perfect day. Thank you to Susan S. for all the planning of the road trip and making it a success. Those who could not attend, you were missed!
  So, where should we go next year?


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Delaware Sampler exhibit

As many of you know, Mom and I recently made a trip to Delaware to see the sampler exhibit at the Biggs Museum in Dover, and to attend the associated symposium.  It was a wonderful trip, and if any of you have the chance to travel that direction, I strongly encourage you to find the time to stop by and take in all the stitching loveliness.

One sampler even has a tie to North Carolina!  Margaret Jane Cross was born in Virginia and lived in North Carolina for part of her life.  She stitched her sampler in 1829, and it bears strong resemblances to other samplers stitched at the Bowers' School in Lewes, Delaware.  Although the researchers for the exhibit could not find evidence that Margaret Jane attended the school, it is known that she had relatives in Delaware.  So she most likely either attended school in Delaware, or a graduate from the school came south and taught Miss Cross.

Taking photos in a museum is always a challenge, but here is the sampler, best as I could capture.

You can read more about the exhibit here: Wrought With Careful Hand

Thursday, April 3, 2014



I want to make a very important clarification on the costs of the house tour as well as the trolley tour. The total for both tours is $10; they are not $10 each!  I totally misunderstood and have been posting that each tour cost $10.  I can only attribute that mistake to a very tired, addled brain!  So…once again…to be perfectly clear…the total cost for both tours is $10.  I sincerely apologize for the mistake!

Attendee update:  Susan Stallings will be there (after all, she has been affiliated with the Mordecai House for many years and arranged the tour!).  I’m sorry Susan!

REMINDER:  Please let me or Chris know your plans regarding the road trip ASAP.  We need a head count!

Thank you for your quick response as well as your understanding!  

Happy Stitching!

Robin L.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Attendee Update, No. 2

Myra Stuart will be attending and will be leaving from the Asheboro area with Chris.  

Robin L.

Attendee Update!

My apologies…I heard from Sylvia Koontz, who will not be able to attend.  

Robin L.

Our Raleigh Road Trip is Getting Closer and Closer...

In ten days, we will be gathering at our respective meeting places and making the trip to Raleigh to visit the Mordecai House.  Our reservation is at 10:00 and we are in for a wonderful time.  

To whet your appetite:  

"The Mordecai House is the oldest residence in Raleigh on its original foundation. Closely associated with the founding Lane family, the property is representative of the plantations that once dominated the local landscape. The oldest portion of the home was built about 1785 by Joel Lane for his son Henry. Seven years later, Joel Lane sold 1,000 acres immediately south of the house to the state as the site of the new capital city of Raleigh.

The house takes its name from Moses Mordecai, who twice married into the family of Henry Lane--first to daughter Margaret and after her death to her sister Ann. Before his death in 1824, Moses Mordecai hired William Nichols, then State Architect, to enlarge the original house. This addition is considered a significant work of Nichols, who had previously overseen the remodeling of the State House. In 1826, with the completion of the four new rooms, the Mordecai house was transformed into a Greek Revival mansion. 

The Mordecai family was prominent in local and state affairs. Jacob, Moses' father, founded a girls' school in Warrenton, North Carolina. Moses was a prominent lawyer and member of the 1805 Court of Conference. Moses Mordecai had two sons, Henry and Jacob, and one daughter, Ellen, by his first wife and one daughter, Margaret, by his second. Henry was a prosperous planter at Mordecai House and served in the State Legislature.  

His daughter, Margaret, and her descendants owned and occupied Mordecai House until 1967, when the house and its surrounding block were put on the market. Spurred by local preservationists, the city purchased the property, turning it over to the Raleigh Historic Sites Commission to supervise and develop as a historic park. The commission was able to obtain many original Mordecai furnishings, as well as preserve the family papers and library. Mordecai Square Historic Park is now managed by City of Raleigh's Parks and Recreation Department. The Mordecai House is a designated Raleigh Historic Landmark.”

The cost of the tour is $10.

After touring the Mordecai House, we will embark on a narrated trolley tour of Historic Raleigh. 

The tour lasts approximately one hour with stops at the Mordecai Historic Park, Bicentennial Plaza, the Joel Lane Museum House, the Raleigh City Museum and City Market.  

The cost of the Trolley Tour is $10.

After the tour, we will have a spot of lunch (location to be announced on the tour),

finishing our day at Ornamentea.  

Whew…what a wonderful day.  History, food, retail therapy and fellowship with friends.  Could anything be better?

Now….these are the people I have heard from:

Members who are planning to attend:   

Robin Lund
Chris Lynch
Torrie Thornbury
Ann Blalock
Sarah Blalock
Brenda Hipkins
Denise Patterson
Robin Patrick 

Members who are unable to attend:  

Cissy Smith
Rhoda Stein

If you haven’t responded yet…one way or another…please do so as soon as possible.  If you have responded and you don’t see your name, would you mind responding again?  My sincerest apologies!   (Bill and I have just moved and it’s a wonder I even know my name!).  Also, if you can help out with driving, let me know that, too.

Well, that’s it!

Back to unloading boxes.  Oh, when will it ever end?!?

Happy Stitching,

Robin L.