Sunday, April 26, 2009

" If people said what they thought, most conversations would be brief " ~Author Unknown

Though this quote isn't ascribed to Abraham Lincoln, it sounds like something he'd say.

Brevity -- the soul of wit, according to Shakespeare. It's also the mark of a great writer. In this case, Abraham Lincoln used brevity -- a solemn, dignified brevity -- to honor the memory of fallen soldiers. Few orators -- indeed perhaps only those at President Lincoln's level -- could write a two-page speech that would become one of the most quoted addresses in American history. The Gettysburg Address contains 272 words, arranged in only ten sentences.

The Gettysburg Address is shorter than this blog entry.

As you can see, I decided to make the upper-case letters, the sentence starters, extra large -- to break up the density of the text. The sampler is configured in an east-west design, with sweeping lines of text, running from coast to coast. Those extra-large capital letters add variety to the long lines. I think they'll make the prose easier to read.

And now, it's time to introduce two hard-working cast members: Linen and Thread. [Polite applause.]

The sampler is stitched (over two threads) on 32-count Lambswool Linen from Wichelt Imports. The thread is Nutmeg from The Gentle Art. This design calls for a huge amount of Nutmeg -- enough to spice up 272 gallons of egg nog.

Why am I even thinking about egg nog today? It's 91 degrees in New York City. You could fry a block of tofu on the sidewalk. Entirely too hot and humid for April! We have no choice but to cool off with the appropriate beverages. This evening we'll mix up some Sour Apple Martinis (Apple Schnapps, Vodka, Maraschino Cherry, Ice, Ice, Ice). Jeeves, please turn on the Casablanca fan . . .

I wonder if The Gentle Art makes Sour Apple Martini thread . . . Happy Sunday to all, and I hope you'll partake in some pre-prandial beverages this evening!


  1. So, is lambswool linen the same as linsey-woolsey?

  2. I'm so glad I discovered your blog! I think this is going to be a stunner. I enjoy all the history you give as well. Love the large capitals among the rest of the text.

  3. In this case, the "Lambswool" refers to the color of Wichelt's linen. I'm not 100 percent sure, but isn't linsey-woolsey a woven linen/wool fabric? Maybe someone more knowledgeable can weigh in . . . good question, Lili. You've given me an idea for a new pen name -- Lindsay Woolsey. :)

  4. Margaret, welcome and I appreciate the thumbs-up on the capital letters. After experimenting with a lot of sizes, the oversized caps added visual interest and punctuatiton between the long sentences. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Linsey-Woolsey is a traditional fabric with a linen warp and a woolen weft. Often used in making costumes for reenactors. I don't know whether it would be suitable for cross stitch.

  6. It's rare to find someone online who actually believes Lincoln matters, that Union is a blessing. I really am enjoying going through these posts of yours and seeing what you created; the reflections on Liberty as female I thought were particularly apt.

    I wrote a little commentary on the Gettysburg Address a while ago, I wonder if you'd be interested in that?

  7. Theresa a/k/a TerryApril 27, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    I love seeing the progress you've made, and particularly like the choice of GAST Nutmeg - a very warm and welcoming color. Lambswool linen is a classic, highly suitable for a classic speech. Bring on the ice cold beverages!

  8. I love your project... are you going to add the pattern to your lovely charts for us to buy? I love the history lessons! You are a great inspiration!

  9. Ashok, thanks for taking the time to drop in and congrats on your blog. You're a prolific writer and reader . . good for you! (ASHOK is a fantastic name -- a perfect crossword puzzle word!)

    Kim, I'm not sure if this project will lead to a chart. If I'm satisfied with the results, I'll publish one. My primary focus is to celebrate this bicentennial year -- it only comes around every 200 years! :) I appreciate your interest in this work-in-progress.

    Terry, it's another day for cold drinks. One more 92-degree day. Stitching in the Tropics . . .

  10. Thanks for liking the blog! Definitely adding you to the blogroll.