This was in the Special Issue 2012, The Home and Garden Issue.
This lovely house is the former home of a member of the Bell Ringer club I have enjoyed for years, as we have collected together, gone to shows in groups, shared our homes several times a year and have had such great sisterhood. I toured the house with Jack many years ago when around sixty of us gathered in Houston for a three day party. Our hostess made this an unforgettable afternoon for us as she welcomed us into this fantastic house and collection. I don't really have enough superlatives for it. Now the collection has had several sales as it is gradually being dispersed. Judy attended the first of these sales a month or so back and took a number of photos of large furniture pieces as well as some smaller items. Even after hundreds of other people had made their choices, there were still smalls for me to enjoy today. I was most interested in the spinning and weaving items.
When I alerted Judy about another sale happening today, she and Jim took me with them by phone and it was such a nice experience. I have been house bound and ill for a while, better now and ready for a gentle adventure. Here are pictures that she sent, (Thank you Judy and Jim!) and then we will see what I bought! Not much lighting in the house today made photography iffy.
For some insane reason I love yarn winders, have bought a ton of them in many styles. I no longer live with one but miss them! I spotted tape looms in the bucket, new but useable. So bought those.
My check out pile.
I like the high back curved settle, but cannot use any such these days in an overfull small modern house.
So Judy and Jim checked out for me a woven coverlet with leaping deer, two large skeins of handspun Shetland wool, three new tape looms, and two small chairs, the more primitive of which is likely not period, but will be sweet with my bears or cloth dolls. I remember Joan's love for the old pieces and will love them forward with her. We are but custodians for a little while. The yarn and the new little looms speak to how women of today still practice the crafts of our sisters long back. An amazing day! e
Post script, now the coverlet has reached me by mail, here it is spread out to enjoy in the living room a little while, It will of course later go on the bed in the Front room done all in indigo and white.