A Stitch in Time: The Needlework of Aging Women in by Aimee E. Newell

By Aimee E. Newell

“A welcome contribution to on hand literature on American nineteenth-century needlework…Her cautious evaluate of current anthropological, historic and needlework literature coupled with a considerate analyses of the prevailing quilts and samplers that shaped the middle of her learn has proven that women’s needlework can assist 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 ladies elderly 40 years and over among 1820 and 1860, this exquisitely illustrated booklet explores how girls skilled social and cultural switch in antebellum America.

The publication is stuffed with person examples, tales, and over 80 superb colour pictures that light up the function 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 an alternative, as she defined, “The above is what i've got taken from my sampler that I wrought while i used to be 9 years outdated. It was once w[rough]t on wonderful textile [and] it tattered to items. My age at the present is sixty six years.”

Situated on the intersection of women’s background, fabric tradition learn, and the background of getting older, this publication brings jointly gadgets, diaries, letters, graphics, and prescriptive literature to think about how middle-class American girls skilled the getting older strategy. Chapters discover the actual and psychological results of “old age” on antebellum ladies and their needlework, technological advancements concerning needlework in the course of the antebellum interval and the tensions that arose from the elevated mechanization of cloth construction, and the way present needlework functioned between family and friends contributors. faraway from being completely ornamental embellishes or sensible loved ones textiles, those samplers and quilts served their very own ends. They provided getting older ladies a way of coping, of sharing and of expressing themselves. those “threads of time” supply a worthwhile and revealing resource for the lives of mature antebellum women.

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