On Wednesday evening Erich and I headed to the Museum of Fine Arts for a relaxed evening of wandering. I used to go the MFA when I was in college a lot, but it’s been several years since I’d been there – and I had a mission. There was a small but gorgeous exhibit of colonial-era embroidery I wanted to see, and time was running out (the show ends on 8/28). Wednesday nights are “free entry with encouraged donation” nights at the MFA, which works very well for Erich and me.
The work exhibited was gorgeous. It’s both awe-inspiring and intimidating to see these gorgeous works, almost all of which were done by young teenagers, in materials I’m far too timid to try!
All of the pieces in this exhibit were pictoral embroideries – primarily pastoral scenes. Almost everything was done in silk. About half of the pieces were done ON satin. Can you imagine? And I complain about my linen being slippery to stitch on!
I took quite a few pictures – you can see all of them here.
We also puttered around a couple other exhibits. There was a new jewelry room, discussing the concept of “precious” stone jewelry over the centuries. Items going back to ancient Egypt to pieces only about 10 years old were displayed, including some jewelry Mary Todd Lincoln hocked after the President’s death.
There also was a musical instruments exhibit with all sorts of wild and wacky instruments from around the world and through history. Some looked more familiar than others, and some were just crazy (a serpentine horn, for example).
It was a fun evening. :)
One more day of work, and then I’ll be enjoying a very well-deserved weekend. It’s International Hermit and Stitch weekend this weekend. I’ll be finishing up both of my UFO Round Robins so they can both go in the mail on Monday.
Off to bed!