By Aimee E. Newell

ISBN-10: 0821420526

ISBN-13: 9780821420522

“A welcome contribution to on hand literature on American nineteenth-century needlework…Her cautious overview of current anthropological, old and needlework literature coupled with a considerate analyses of the present quilts and samplers that shaped the center of her learn has proven that women’s needlework might help us to higher comprehend the lives and occasions of the ladies who made them.”

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Drawing from 167 examples of ornamental needlework — primarily samplers and quilts from 114 collections around the United States — made via person girls elderly 40 years and over among 1820 and 1860, this exquisitely illustrated e-book explores how girls skilled social and cultural swap in antebellum America.

The publication is full of person examples, tales, and over 80 effective colour images that light up the position that samplers and needlework performed within the tradition of the time. for instance, in October 1852, Amy Fiske (1785 – 1859) of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, stitched a sampler. yet she used to be now not a schoolgirl creating a sampler to benefit her letters. as a substitute, as she defined, “The above is what i've got taken from my sampler that I wrought while i used to be 9 years previous. It used to be w[rough]t on effective textile [and] it tattered to items. My age at present is sixty six years.”

Situated on the intersection of women’s heritage, fabric tradition examine, and the historical past of getting older, this e-book brings jointly gadgets, diaries, letters, graphics, and prescriptive literature to think about how middle-class American ladies skilled the getting older technique. Chapters discover the actual and psychological results of “old age” on antebellum girls and their needlework, technological advancements on the topic of needlework throughout the antebellum interval and the tensions that arose from the elevated mechanization of fabric construction, and the way reward needlework functioned between family and friends contributors. faraway from being exclusively ornamental adorns or practical family textiles, those samplers and quilts served their very own ends. They provided getting older ladies a method of coping, of sharing and of expressing themselves. those “threads of time” supply a necessary and revealing resource for the lives of mature antebellum women.

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