December 14, 2003 |
To keep her quiet while they listened to the radio, Charlotte Froman's grandmother and great-grandmother, both dressmakers, taught her to embroider. "They loved to listen to the soap operas, and they didn't want to be interrupted," Froman said. After learning a stitch, she would run to the porch of her North Philadelphia home to teach her girlfriends. "Needlework is the process of discovery and a way to express myself," said Froman, who now lives in Willingboro. In 1969, she helped found the Colonial West Jersey Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America.
October 18, 1992 |
Belle Rexon knows what it is like not to get any respect. She may be the featured artist in a needlework exhibit presented by the Colonial West Jersey Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, but the other day, she overheard her husband on the phone describing the event as a "sewing project. " Rexon didn't waste any time setting him straight. To her, it was yet another example of the lack of appreciation needlework artists receive. "I think people just don't understand that with needlework you're putting in your thoughts and creating, just like an artist would do," said Rexon, a retired elementary school teacher who lives in Medford.
April 8, 1993 |
When Christine Chomyn Izak returned to Ukraine last year for the first time in half a century, she went looking for the rich embroidery of her homeland. She found that the country was threadbare. All but missing were the embroidered tablecloths, wall hangings, pieces of religious handwork, doilies and other decorated articles that are so much a part of the Ukrainian national heritage. Just as scarce were women teaching this treasured art to younger generations. Izak, curator of the Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center at Manor Junior College, decided to do something about it. With the help of the Pennsylvania Embroiderers' Guild, she started Project Golden Needle.
October 14, 1996 |
Joseph T. Piraino, 77, a retired garment-industry executive and founder and chairman of a custom design and embroidery business, died Friday at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Drexel Hill. He lived in Broomall. Mr. Piraino spent 45 years in the garment business, working his way from a presser at the former Sun Clothing/Jay Co. in South Philadelphia to vice president of manufacturing for Somerset Knitting Mills in Northern Liberties. He retired from Somerset in 1980 after 24 years.
May 2, 2008 |
Pillows splash a space with spice. Season your surroundings with hues and patterns like these. Indoors or outdoors, Greno floor cushions ($39) invite friends to gather around for a picnic or casual party. Available at local Ikea stores and www.ikea.com . The reversible Peony pillow from DwellStudio for Target ($24.99) offers bold florals in spring's hottest color combination, yellow and gray. Available at local Target stores and www.target.com . This crew of critters (elephant, giraffe and hippo)
April 6, 1988 |
A glimmer of gold flashed as the beam of Raymond A. Domanski's flashlight cut through the blackness of the 13th-story loft in the Public Ledger Building, Sixth and Chestnut Streets. The source of the gleam was what Domanski, administrative manager of the building, described as "a dirty piece of cloth" hanging over a steam pipe. The glittering gold was no illusion. Decorating the pipe was a large 19th- century Chinese-silk tapestry, rich in woven and applied gold and of an unusual design.
May 9, 1993 |
Connie Logan has no artistic pretensions. She worries aloud about being interviewed, grimaces for her picture, jumps to talk about anything but herself. But there beats the heart of an artist. Logan makes quilts, all kinds of quilts. She makes them for comfort and art, for charity and family. On Friday, the Cherry Hill Arts Advisory Board was scheduled to honor Logan with the Edgar Wolf Jr. Award, commonly called the Edgar. The award recognizes residents or companies for significant contributions to the township's cultural and artistic life.
November 23, 2003 |
He played the mandolin, harmonica and the E-flat alto horn. She was an accomplished organist. He liked Big Bands and John Philip Sousa marches; she liked classical music. She was a gardener and quilter and did fine crewel embroidery; he could fix anything around the house. Eleanor High Rebmann, 86, died from complications of Parkinson's disease Oct. 25 at Broomall Presbyterian Village, a nursing facility. She had been ill for more than 10 years. E. Leslie "Lee" Rebmann, 88, died of sepsis Tuesday at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
December 18, 2003 |
As a child, I would look through store circulars in the Sunday newspaper, cutting out pictures for the Christmas list that I hung on the refrigerator. I added more items as I saw them, dreaming of actually getting all the things I glued to my advertising collage. Few of my outlandish requests - a horse and my own television, stereo and telephone - made their way under our Christmas tree. In their place were gifts that mattered much more: homemade stuffed animals, a handcrafted wooden rocking horse, knitted sweaters, and customized coupons for an extra hour of TV past my bedtime or a family day trip to a place of my choice.
June 30, 2010 |
Blessed with enchanting visuals and blighted with clunky dialogue, The Last Airbender is stunning in at least two senses of the word. M. Night Shyamalan's mash-up of Star Wars and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon unfolds in a mythical world out of balance. In this epic allegory adapted from Nickelodeon's animated series, for 100 years the Earth, Air, and Water nations have been decimated by armies of the Fire nation. (Think: a cosmic version of rock/paper/scissors.