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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Schwenkfelder

Wintertime always makes for some good cabin fever! lol! As much as I enjoy being home...and having some time to indulge in some indoor hobbies... there's only so much staying in one place that this gal can take! :-)

And so, last weekend, a friend and I hopped in my car and away we went to the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center in Pennsburg, PA! The main purpose of this trip was to see a particular exhibit. It was of hooked rugs done by Karl and Mary Jo Gimber. I met them a couple of times during regular meetings of a local rug hooking guild... so I was already familiar with some of their hooked rugs. The rugs they hook are of Tavern Signs...and what adds to their unique style is that they are all hooked with recycled wool! In fact, attached to each rug (on the back) is all of the garment labels from the pieces that were used in the rug! So, getting the opportunity to see them all on display in a museum sounded like a fun thing to do!

Join me for a little walk through, won't you?

A few close up pics of some of my favorites...









A general view of one of the three walls of the exhibit...


And away we wandered to other sections of the center...

Also on display were some Christmas themed paintings, stoneware and redware (from local artisans)...



While the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center offers limited time featured exhibits... they also have some "regular" exhibits that remain all the time... offering information of the PA Dutch Heritage of the area...

Here are some beautiful fraktur prints...






I am envisioning a beautiful hooked rug featuring this design...  :-)



These fraktur images were attached to the inside lids of some heavy wood trunks...


These were styled in a way that they actually resembled cross stitch charts... tiny little colored squares...


And some beautiful stained glass that was located just behind the welcome desk...




One of the off-beat and unique finds of the day, was this printing press...



I'm always in awe and appreciate the attention to detail and workmanship that was invested in even the industrial items...


I've been involved with the printing industry throughout my professional life... so I found it amusing that even on my "day off"... I could not "get away from my job"... lol! ;-)

It's all good!

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon

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