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It looks like a singleton button was started on one of the bone rings. I have a wonderful book, purchased in the Macclesfield Silk Museums this summer, on making passementerie buttons, including singletons. http://www.silkmacclesfield.org.uk/ http://www.ginabsilkworks.co.uk/ (author and supplier)
The evening’s speaker was not able to attend (her house was flooded), and the replacement spoke for 5 – 10 minutes about a charity she works for. It is a good charity that helps struggling women. The original speaker was going to talk about the charity, plus her husband who is a retired, very winning jockey. I get that Louisville is all about the Derby, but thought the banquet program, after various awards were presented, would be about e m b r o i d e r y ….or…. hats! The banquet theme was hats, and lots of ladies wore fabulous hats (I forgot to bring one). The table decorations were a rather inexpensive, unattractive, straw-ish hat, which could be purchased for $5, but I didn’t see any takers on the hats!
Sylvia, who learned lace making as a child in her native Romania, is a very good, and fun, teacher. All the special techniques were demonstrated in regular and very large sizes, and Sylvia was willing to go over a lesson many times.
Some of the written directions were a bit unclear as to when different parts of the design should be worked, so a lot of notes were taken. Sylvia's many sample pieces were beautiful.
Sylvia Murariu class rating: ««« ½
Sylvia has several books, many patterns, and some supplies at http://www.sylviaslace.com/
Here is a photo of her amazing lace embellished vest:
Check out this old booklet of needle laces online at:
Ellen and Harriet did studio time Monday and Tuesday, called "Stable Time" at this seminar. Ellen is working on a pillow for her granddaughter, who loves horses. I asked how many horses she had to complete, answer "Thousands!" Harriet is working on a whitework piece.
Harriet and I also purchased the one week Fitness Center membership, a bargain at $10. Every day we walked the treadmills for 30 minutes or so, looking out (from the top floor of the hotel!) at the wide Ohio River below.
Wednesday was a day off. In the morning I walked to the Nulu (how cute, like SoHo, or NoHo) neighborhood, very close to downtown. A free trolley runs to it, but I never saw it go past (I was probably in a shop).
Joe Ley Antiques on Market Street has beautiful displays, on three floors of a historic building, of furniture, glassware, etc. But the things I like were either thin or for display only (an odd ‘general store’ behind chicken wire had a shelf full of old talc jars, all presumably n.f.s.!). This huge antique emporium offered merely ½ of 1 shelf of sewing related smalls. I did purchase a sweet little pin keep. Linens on second floor rather messy, nothing special, over priced. Pricing scheme was interesting – at the front door you are handed a little piece of paper with the pricing codes revealed. Everything has an ‘original’ and a ‘sale’ price, which seemed funny.
On the way back to the hotel I found, at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop, a canvas tote bag, to carry my newly purchased books home. I also found a 90+ year old candy store! Muths has been making chocolate, taffy, caramels (Modjeskas are famous) and more since 1921. Why, oh why did I spend $10 for 4 (delicious) chocolates at Ghyslain, when just down the street I could have bought 40 (equally delicious) chocolates at Muths, for nearly the same price?! Of course, this did not stop me from loading up at Muths too! CC and I now have a pretty basket of assorted chocolate and candies between us on the couch in the tv room. We are mostly good and only eat one (1) piece per day. http://www.muthscandy.com/
After the glass studio I decided to leave the bus and walk back to the hotel (not far). I stopped at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory http://www.sluggermuseum.com/ and had a fabulous tour of the factory. It was fun to see all the steps in making a baseball bat, and how the process has been updated over the years. They now have additional lathes which are computerized (not operating when we toured in late afternoon) that can pop out made-to-order bats for MLB players just by entering their name or code (info stored in computer). Museum was interesting too, but did not have enough time in it. Would like to have gone into the batting cage, wouldn’t that be fun? Gift shop so-so, lots of stuff for kids and their Dads (and Moms), no good postcards.
Photography not allowed in the factory, but I took this picture through a window from the sidewalk:
Met Harriet for supper. Our favorite Mediterranean placed was not open yet, so we walked over to Hillbilly Tea on First Street. http://hillbillytea.com/