needlework

Stitched Samplers: Voices from the Past


What were you doing when you were twelve years old: riding bikes with friends, lip synching to your favorite band, watching bad TV shows, making cookies? I might have a hard time remembering exactly what occupied my time when I was twelve, but I am absolutely certain that I was not embroidering an intricate sampler as Margaret Barnholt was in 1831.
sampler, embroidery, silk, cotton, Church, weeping willow, alphabet, numbers, needlework

One for the Money


Has Tax Day left you pinching your pennies? Then you may appreciate the secure storage offered by miser’s purses. These oblong purses often have small center slit openings with sliding rings to secure coins in the purses’ ends (though sometimes clasps are used). Although these purses have existed in various forms since the seventeenth-century, they developed the shape seen here in the early nineteenth century.
knitting, costume, costume accessories, netting, crochet, purses, literature, needlework

Family Registers and Family Legends


Considered a genteel accomplishment, needlework was an important component of female education in colonial and federal America. Family register samplers,  such as this late 18th century example worked by twelve-year-old Alicia Lawrence (1787–1866) of Hartford, Connecticut, were frequently made during the later phase of girls’ needlework training, and were a popular way of documenting and preserving family histories.
sampler, family register, Alicia Lawrence, Charles Sheldon, Alice Adams, Nathan Hale, William Lawrence, embroidery, 18th century, needlework

Stitches in Time: An Exhibition of Embroideries and Needlework Techniques


embroidery, needlework, handicrafts, samplers, textiles, fabric

All That Glisters: Thirty Centuries of Golden Deception


gold, gilding, decorative objects, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, costume, jewelry, Glass, leatherwork, needlework, wallpaper

The Greenleaf Collection: Textile Arts from the 16th to the Early 19th Century


textiles, textile design, lace making, lace, needlework, embroidery, fashion, Richard Cranch Greenleaf

Stitch Guide: A Study of the Stitches on the Embroidered Samplers in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum


Publication design: Abigail Sturges
embroidery, samplers, fabric, thread, needlework, permanent collection, ch:exhibition=35349951

Embroidered Samplers in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum


Publication design: Abigail Sturges
embroidery, samplers, patterns, fabric, thread, needlework, handicrafts, permanent collection, ch:exhibition=35349951

Embroidery Through the Ages


The artistry and craftsmanship of embroidery from the 14th century through the 20th century is on display in this exhibition, with a focus on Western Europe. Works range from liturgical vestments, wallhangings, and linens embroidered by nuns to garments by modern designers such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, and Cristóbal Balenciaga.  Organized by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. 
embroidery, Europe, craftsmanship, handicrafts, needlework, fabrics, wallhangings, fashion, accessories, traveling exhibtions

Embroidered Samplers


These embroidered samplers, chosen from the Museum's collection of more than one thousand samplers, represent work from the seventeenth through the nineteen century that was made in the United States, Mexico, Western Europe, and China. These works, often handcrafted by young girls, are arranged geographically.
embroidery, samplers, handicrafts, needlework, fabric, thread, patterns, exhibitions, permanent collection, ch:exhibition=35349951

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