Monday, December 6, 2010

Three Exhibits Explore Colonial Sewing

Eve M. Kahn, Revising Our Ideas of Colonial Sewing, New York Times (September 30, 2010). Kahn highlights exhibitions at the Connecticut Historical Society, the Florence Griswold Museum, and the Winterthur Museum that offer new insights into Colonial women’s sewing habits.

Connecticut Needlework: Women, Art, and Family, 1740-1840 
Connecticut Historical Society, October 5, 2010 - March 26, 2011
This exhibition features more than seventy examples of needlework art. An illustrated catalog by Susan P. Schoelwer (pictured at left) accompanies the exhibition. Online information about the book includes images of five samplers from the exhibition.

With Needle and Brush: Schoolgirl Embroidery from the Connecticut River Valley 
Florence Griswold Museum, October 2, 2010- January 30, 2011
Many of the 70 embroideries, watercolor sketches, and portraits in this exhibition are from private collections.

Betsy Ross: The Life Behind the Legend 
Winterthur Museum, October 2, 2010 - January 2, 2011
Marla Miller, who co-curated the exhibition with Winterthur's Linda Eaton and Katie Knowles, is the author of the new scholarly biography, Betsy Ross and the Making of America (Henry Holt, 2010).

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