Hello Friends, I hope you had an enjoyable weekend! Two of the three amigos in our little family ended up with under the weather mis-adventure. No, I am not one of the two, and I have been supplementing like crazy. :)
Many of you have read about Miss Baby’s crafting adventures on this blog. Her most recently completed work are two Christmas ornaments she stitched for Christmas last year. You may click here to read more about the ornaments.
I entered Miss Baby’s ornaments in this year’s Woodlawn Needlework Exhibit. The Woodlawn Plantation was given to Nelly Custis and Lawrence Lewis (Washington’s nephew) as a wedding gift by General George Washington. Nelly, Martha Washington’s granddaughter, was informally adopted and raised together with her brother by the Washingtons upon the death of her father, and remarriage of her mother. Today, you can see Nelly’s harpsichord at Mount Vernon. But I digress…
From Historic Woodlawn’s website regarding their 52nd Needlework Show, held in honor of Nelly Lewis who was an accomplished needleworker herself: “The Needlework Exhibition at Historic Woodlawn in Alexandria, Virginia is the nation’s premiere show of contemporary needlework. The exhibit honors Eleanor “Nelly” Custis Lewis’ legacy by displaying her needlework as well as inviting the public to display theirs. Visitors will see hundreds of needlework entries on display in every room of the historic mansion among the museum collections.”
We are very excited our very own Miss Baby won a First Place ribbon with her entries in the Junior Category. Well, Miss Baby was a bit bummed out there wasn’t a real ribbon on there for now…. “only a ribbon sticker!” She was assured she WILL get her real ribbon when we pick up the ornaments.
Photography was limited to entrants taking snapshots of their entries only. So I have no pictures of the other entires. They were all inspiring, and I actually thought about moving into a cave to get caught up with my own stitching. :) I was most heartened to see the joy of needle and thread possibly continuing in my family.
Martha Washington was a quilter and stitcher as well. She famously stitched the seat cushions for some of the chairs at Mount Vernon. Click here to read more about Mrs. Washington’s needle and thread adventures. My armchair historian’s view is that Nelly Lewis, who grew up at Mount Vernon, could have very well learned to stitch at her grandmother’s tutelage.
[image credit: http://www.marthawashington.us ]
I hope those of you who have invested time in teaching your family and others to stitch, sew or quilt, are encouraged to see how Martha Washington’s needlework adventures even blesses stitchers generations later! All we have to do is to plant the seed… or rather in our case, get out the threads, fabrics and scissors! :)
Thank you again for stopping by. Have a great week ahead!