I've spent most of my time these past couple of days scanning and photographing and typing out instructions - but our collection of Stitches in Time
(needlework patterns from museum pieces) is almost complete!
There they are - eight of them, from cross-stitch to crochet, reproduced from objects in the Museum's collection by the ladies of the Creston Valley Embroidery Guild. Note I say "almost" complete, for two reasons. First, I still need to scan and print two of the patterns (the hardanger placemat with the turqoise cover on the right, and the child's nightgown with the pink cover in the back left), and I want to revise that pink cover so it's not quite so ... painfully pink. It's not too bad in this photo, tucked in the back as it is, but in real life, seriously, it hurts.
And secondly, there are only eight objects reproduced here - and the Museum's collection contains, quite literally, hundreds
of beautiful textiles. So there will be more coming - just not perhaps this week. The Embroidery Guild ladies who created these ones for us have all said they'd love to do more, after gardening season is over.
The original textiles, the Embroidery Guild's reproductions, and the completed patterns (along with a few other fascinating needlework bits from the collections) are all going on display right now. Laura and Krista spent the day gathering things and arranging them in our Community Display Space, and it looks fantastic. They'll finish up tomorrow, and the Stitches in Time
exhibit will open on Friday.