Tag: Womens Work

Designer Influence on Antique Quilts

| January 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

quilt - jan whitlock MADAround the 1840s American women got caught up in the making of scrapbooks,or “albums”. These paper albums then inspired women make Album quilts and this led to a new level of sophistication in quilt designs. Taking inspiration from fine china, inlaid furniture and silver patterns, women began reproducing baskets, vases and swag borders in quilts, […]

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Life in Cross Stitch. 5th in a 12 part series on Americana

| December 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

1819 Sampler by Eliza Mersole of New JerseyThe polite arts, as practiced by genteel young women years ago, are often called “women’s work.”  No longer politically correct, the term does reflect the time-consuming arts women once practiced. Andrea Valluzzo gives us the background of samplers, those cross stitched works of art that tell so much about the past. Schoolgirl samplers are among […]

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