The Embroiderer's Story

Thanksgiving 2008

November 27th, 2008 by Jill Hall

You may remember from last year that part of my Thanksgiving tradition is helping Die get into her Victorian dress for Plimoth’s 1863 dinners.

This year Die has a new outfit. Doesn’t she look great? There was less for me to do – no lacing theĀ  black cord through the button shanks – but more time to admire. There’s one more Victorian dinner tomorrow afternoon so she’ll get to wear it again.

I don’t know why the thumbnail photo is not centered, but if you click on it you’ll get the whole image.

The next picture is the dessert table in the interpreters’ lounge. It’s a potluck meal with the main parts supplied by the foodways department and the sides and desserts by everybody. I especially love Marcia’s apples and cheddar side dish (of course it’d be a Marcia dish) and look forward to it every year.

If you closed your eyes in the lounge, you’d never know you weren’t home; people are sipping coffee, sampling dessert and discussing whether the Pats can get to the Super Bowl without Brady (even odds, which is better than you’d have gotten in the lounge a few weeks ago).

After a week of colder-than-normal temperatures, the Thanksgiving weather gods were kind and we had a mild day for our visitors to enjoy the outdoor sites. There was so much activity in the 1627 Village this year that I didn’t get to the Wampanoag Homesite. There were two 1627-style church services, Native men visiting Edward Winslow, and a staged fight between two colonists over a girl. They were fighting over Lydia Hickes (Whitney) who is getting married to one of the pugilists on Saturday (pretend wedding). This is the event for which I promised the pink waistcoat. Whitney checked on it this lunchtime. It’ll be done. I finished the stab-stitching today and I only have a couple of hours worth of buttonholes and buttons left to do. Apparently the other colonist (also a single man) made a comment about Lydia, which led to the wrestling match. I especially enjoyed the scolding they got from Captain Standish, who marched down the hill to break up the fight. (“Pick up your hats, Pick up your teeth, Stand up like men and don’t let me catch you at this again.” They were suitably cowed.

All in all, a good day. I hope yours was as well.

I’ll be posting new blogs as usual for the next couple of weeks, then every other day starting December 10th through the New Year, but will be taking some vacation from the office around the holidays. If you need to get in touch please leave a message in the comments or send a note to my home email

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2 Responses to “Thanksgiving 2008”

  1. Colleen says:

    I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgivings!

    I have a question…what do you use for magnifying lights? My MIL is looking for a new one. She had a hang-around-the-neck light with round lens she liked, but it went missing, and the replacement broke immediately. Which ones do you like and where do you get them?

    Thank you

  2. Linda Vinson says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Day to everyone!

    I like the new Mighty Bright magnifier/light. It’s a small floor lamp with a good-sized magnifying lens and 12 LED lights that never need replacing. It’sjust the right size to sit beside a stitching chair and bend over to put the light between you and your work. It can be plugged into a wall or run on batteries. It costs about $100 at most needlework shops and is well worth the price.

    I found a photo at Amazon where they have it for 89.95, but let me make a plea to check your local needlework shop first. You might pay $10 more, but I think it’s important for us to keep our local shops financially healthy. These are tough times for everyone, but just think if your shop closed like so many others around the country. If your local shop doesn’t have it, I know that it’s available at Attic Needlework and Nordic Needle. *putting soapbox back behind the counter now*

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