On Friday we started with a tour of the Greensboro Museum. It is the home of Dolly Madison's red velvet dress. The dress has just returned home after many years at the Smithstonean. It will only be on display for a short while, before it goes into storage, maybe forever. Also, some other pieces of her belongings were out. All of the objects were found in a trunk several years ago. The photo below is one of the motifs from a silk tablecloth. There was a water stain in the center where Dolly had turned over a vase of flowers. I found the workmanship very beautiful, even though it was probably a professionaly made piece. These motifs were couched or appliqued to the gold silk, and it was very hard to see any stitches.
After lunch, we spent the rest of the day antique shopping. Sad to say, we did not find anything to tempt our money from our wallets. Maybe that was a good thing.
Bright and early Saturday morning, we headed ot to Salisbury, NC, with the Piedmont Sampler Guild. Fifteen of us began our day shopping at Spring Robin. What could be better than a Needlework shop. Robin, the owner, had invited Threads of Gold to hold a trunk show. So, in addition to shopping, we got to view some wonderful antique sampler.
Lunch was at a great sandwich shop downtown. After a short walk, we enjoyed sitting outside in the beautiful weather, while eating our sandwiches.
After lunch, we walked another coulple of blocks to the Dr Josephus Hall House. What a beautiful place. The home had been built in 1820 as a girls school. Dr Hall and his wife bought it and refurbished it in 1859. It remained in the family until it was donated to the Salisbury Historicl Foundation. You can visit www.historicsalisbury.org, to find out about upcoming events at the house.