Friday, August 9, 2013

Out and About

I was feeling that my husband and I were already settling into a little bit too much of a routine now that we're both retired.  It's great to spend a leisurely hour or two each morning reading the papers and then moving on to a few chores followed by lunch, more reading and some stitching.  But I also felt we needed to have a little more adventure, so one day this week, I told him he needed to be ready to leave the house at 9:45.  Not until we were on the train into Philadelphia did I tell him the plan for the day.

Our first stop was the Philadelphia Art Alliance to see the Sunshine and Shadows exhibit I had read about.  The pieces were created from film strips deaccessioned by the Fashion Institute of Technology.  The artist cut the film strips apart, bleached or painted them and then stitched them back together into quilt patterns.  There are only five pieces in the exhibit, but it was interesting, as was the exhibit of Lithuanian textiles on the upper floor.  I was particularly intrigued by the computerized weaving.  An unexpected bonus, though, was the small exhibit of vintage clothing that had been collected from internet sales based upon the stories the seller told in the description of the item.  There was a baseball cap with a Nirvana logo purchased in Seattle the day after Kurt Cobain died and a huge t-shirt with Snoopy on it that was bought to give to Snoop Dog (now Snoop Lion as I have been informed by my daughter).  If you go to see the exhibit, don't miss the dress with the bloodstain at the knee level.  It was worn by the seller's aunt who "always had a notorious boyfriend."

Our lunch stop was here:
Luke's Lobster at 130 S. 17th St. in Philadelphia where we each enjoyed a lobster roll that was every
bit as good as it looks.  Just a grilled hot dog roll, a swipe of mayonnaise, lots of lobster claw meat and a little lemon butter.  As Rachel Ray used to say "Yummo!" 

After lunch, we made a quick trip to Rittenhouse Needlepoint just to have a look around.  It's a great shop and I would definitely go back again if I'm in Center City.  Then it was back on the train where we planned our next adventure.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Making Progress

In the past few weeks, I've settled into a bit more of a routine and I'm accomplishing quite a bit on the home front.  I don't know about your house, but ours seems to accumulate piles of papers.  In between lunching with friends (most of whom will, sadly, have to return to work at the end of August), I've managed to put a lot of that paper in the recycling bin or file it away.  So our house is looking somewhat less cluttered.

I've also settled into a bit of a stitching routine and am usually able to work on quilting for a hour or two each afternoon, and stitching for around two hours in the evening.  I have a quilt almost assembled so I'll so I hope to show that in my next post.  But the star of today's post is my progress on the Scottish Band Sampler (Scarlet Letter).  I'm nearly done with all those letters and the double running stitch around them. 

The scalloped section below the letters is charted for eyelets.  I'm not much of a fan of the eyelet stitch so I auditioned a rice stitch and a Smyrna cross (pink stitches on the left) as alternatives.  The rice stitches  seemed too heavy and I just didn't like the Smyrna, so I'll be doing hundreds of eyelets.  Then it will be on to the flame stitch.  I'm hoping to finish this one by the end of August.