Remembering Fran

Remembering Fran

Frances DeStafeno died at her residence on Aug. 13, 2013. We are saddened by her loss and fondly remember her warm, generous and creative spirit.  She will be deeply missed.


Delaware’s Sampler ID Days

Mary Roe Sampler, 1835
Sampler by Mary Roe of Frederica, Kent Cty., 1835. Courtesy of M. Finkel & Daughter.

The Sampler Archive Project presents Delaware’s Sampler ID Days

The Sampler Archive Project is funded by the Delaware Humanities Forum to locate, document, and photograph antique American samplers and related schoolgirl embroideries in Delaware’s public and private collections.
The public is invited to bring their antique American samplers and other schoolgirl embroideries to one of three Sampler ID Days where they will be registered, documented, and photographed.

June 8 
Delaware Historical Society, Wilmington
June 15
Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover
July 18
Lewes Historical Society, Lewes

Mary Orr Sampler, 1831
Mary Orr Sampler, 1831

Bring your antique samplers for identification & documentation.

Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Morning: Appointments only
Afternoon: Appointments and drop-­‐ins

NOTE: Due to the time it takes to document and photograph these wonderful historical objects, appointments are required for anyone bringing three or more samplers to a Sampler ID Day.

Appointment required if bringing 3 or more samplers

For appointments:
Phone: 1 (877) 909-2525

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Delaware Humanities ForumSampler Consortium

University of Delaware, National Endowment for the Humanities, University of Oregon College of Education 

Abby Franquemont May 9 at Greenbank Mill

ABBY FRANQUEMONT, author of Respect The Spindle, is steeped in the fiber arts since birth. The daughter of field anthropologists studying textile production, she was raised largely in the rural Andes of Peru, where she learned to spin, weave and more starting at the age of five. Abby is technical, passionate, inquisitive, and informed; she has taught individuals and groups of all ages, skill levels, and combinations thereof. Her classes sell out wherever she goes; her book, instructional DVDs, magazine articles and blog are widely recommended, and her down-to-earth approach is empowering for students of all levels and interests.
Abby has taught and lectured at large events including the National Needlearts Association (TNNA), Golden Gate Fiber Institute, the Spin-Off Autumn Retreat (SOAR), Sock Summit, the Taos Wool Festival, and New York Sheep & Wool (Rhinebeck), not to mention many of the finest fiber, knitting and crafting shops in the USA, along with weaving, spinning and knitting guilds nationwide and a select group of private retreats, seminars and workshops. Her writing has appeared in Spin-Off, Spindlicity, Interweave Knits, Twist Collective, Entangled, SpinKnit, Knitty, and more.

There is space available for the Thursday afternoon workshop and for the workshop Abby will conduct on May 10 and 11.  For more information contact <a href=”mailto:”></a>

Bonnie Tarses Color Horoscope Weaving Workshop, March 14-16, 2013

Our spring workshop with Bonnie Tarses was held this past weekend.  We had a blast.  Bonnie is entertaining, interesting, motivating, sometimes hilarious, and extremely willing to share her weaving expertise and “secrets”.

bonnieHarmony members attended the workshop along with three guests, including “Nanook of the North”, Melisande Wolfe.  I was sweating just looking at her:

nanook_melisandeThe workshop was so much more than simply weaving our Color Horoscope Shawls.  In fact, we undertook so much more:  color exercises, “woven words”, “almost Ikat” warp winding, and “peace” wrapping.  We didnt get much weaving done, but we sure learned a lot.


Everyone’s horoscope draft was different, but they were all gorgeous.  The warps were so beautiful, it was almost a shame to weave them.  But, they were just as beautiful when woven:

By Saturday afternoon, we were exhausted, yet thrilled and excited.  I think we all had difficulty making ourselves leave.  A more detailed version of this post will be prepared for our newsletter.


Sources of Inspiration

When president Linda Shinn’s message for the January newsletter, I started looking for images to use as illustration for it.  I thought of a new year and a new day and starting fresh.  I looked at pictures of dawn, and sunrises, and winter sunrises—and I found lots of beautiful images, but nothing quite right.  Then I started searching for Henry Moore and discovered the Henry Moore Foundation and Perry Green. Henry Moore’s home, sculpture gardens and studios, located in Hertfordshire, 30 miles north of London.
Sheep Piece by Henry Moore,1971-72
Sara Richard’s photograph of Moore’s sculpture seemed a perfectly appropriate illustration.  I loved the flock of sheep grazing in the background and the overcast sky and the lush green grass.  I am grateful for her kind permission to use it in our January newsletter. This piece was designed by Moore for the field where the sheep lived. They shelter under it and love to rub up against it. The bottom of the sculpture is thick with oil and grease from their wool!

Fiber Art Show in Hockessin through January, 2013

Barbara Tinsman, Arlene Favreau-Pysher, Mickey Irr and Karen Schueler, members  of Harmony Weavers Guild, are selling art quilts, weaving, felting, embroidery and silk painting as part of the Fiber Dimensions group exhibiting at Physiotherapy Associates in Hockessin.  Other exhibitors are Erin Underwood, Ginny Abrams and Ruth Oatman.   The public is invited to a reception with light refreshments and harp music by Lyra on Friday, January 11, 4:30 -7:00 pm, 7464 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin.  The exhibit is open during office hours, Monday and Wednesday, 8-6 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 8-7 pm; Friday, 8-12 noon.  Please call 302 234-4261 to verify exhibit hours.fdHOCKESSIN-FLYER-copy

I think folks have liked these little crackers, so I’ll include the recipe.  I have modified it a bit, but the basic recipe came from a blog,

LindaNorwegian Flatbread-Knekkebrod

  • 1 1/2 cups rye flour(I use a gluted-free flour mix)
  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • scant 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • scant 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tblsp. sugar or honey

Add a scant 3 cups water, mix, and spread on three large cookie sheets lined with parchment.  Sprinkle with salt.  Bake for 10 minutes at 325 degrees, remove from oven and use a pizza cutter to cut the crackers to size.  Return to oven for an additional 30 minutes, rotate the sheets and bake for an additional 30 minutes.  At some point, I remove the crackers from the parchment and turn them over to crisp on both sides.  Oven temperature may need to be reduced to avoid over-browning.  The crackers should be fully crisp.