Nearest Book Thing Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence here, and along with these instructions, on your blog.
From The Needlework Book, by Wanda Passadore (1969, Simon and Schuster): “The truly Chinese versions are very colorful; however, our taste gives preference to the light shades that repeat those of the classic filling stitch in a different effect.”
This exercise isn’t quite as telling for me as it might be for others (such as Shadow Me Teresa where I got it from). Our household has a communal computer linked to the Internet, and it lives out in the living room. So the nearest book happened to be in a small bookcase that houses our “overflow” large-size books. The Needlework Book was given to me by my mom back when I was learning how to do a bit of fancy needlework (mostly embroidery). It’s a bit skimpy on the how-to, but has lovely illustrations that are more for inspiration. The sentence above was from a section on the Chinese filling stitch. I actually remember using that stitch on a cloth purse a very long time ago.
So, what book is closest to you right now, and what does it say on the fifth sentence of page 56? 🙂 Please post it in the comments.