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I have re-learned a bit about handling these smooth purls, by practicing. And I have found that Sulky is not good with goldwork. It was very difficult to remove the Sulky, and even as slowly and carefully as I did it, some of the edges of the purls caught on the paper and were snagged out of shape as a result. For this motif, I will go back to my usual method of transferring a design to fabric, using transfer paper.

It’s not as though I haven’t done this work before, even though it’s been a few years since I stitched tiny purls over padding. Why I’m having so much trouble with this S is a mystery to me.

Yesterday I took the day off and just read ALL DAY–a most interesting book by Philip Gura, American Transcendentalism. Ah, that period of the mid-19th century is so evocative of the 1960s and 70s when some of us were going to transform America. We saw the Age of Aquarius approaching and knew that a new day was coming–the New Age. So did Emerson, Thoreau, Alcott, Hawthorne, Fuller, the members of the commune Brook Farm, and all the rest. Nineteenth century hippies. Even then, they were studying Eastern religions and philosophy. Women’s rights was a big issue. Equality of the sexes and changing marriage to be more liberating and especially less confining for women were major topics. Fascinating people. And what a pleasure to just immerse myself in a book all day long.

After the swimming event yesterday, there was an awards ceremony and eats (as always at Charlestown events). As you can see, we’re not just old people here. There are 2500 residents and 1300 staff of all ages, starting at age 16. Staff and visitors bring their kids. So we are a community of all generations.

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