Friday, January 6, 2012

in stitches inspiration


Currently a collaboration between Westtown School and the Chester County Historical Society provides an opportunity to see  "select samplers and other embroidery made by girls from Chester County and the surrounding area 200 years ago."


This exhibit is inspiring on many levels, not just for the needlework itself but also for the approaches, categories of samplers, historical information about differences in philosophy between function and decoration, examples of mixed components that provide inspiration for current art quilt/fabric collage making, and some sewing items previously unknown to me.
There were several examples of this type of pincushion or pinball. This example came from this source.
In the forefront of the postcard you can also see one of the many embroidered globes featured in the exhibit.


13 comments:

Patty ♣ said...

Oh Deborah! I hope you have been able/are able to go see this! It looks like a fun and interesting time! Lucky you if you can! I have never seen a pin ball either.

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

I love the globes and the stories, could you feel the energy of the pieces? xox Corrin

ger said...

A good new year to you, and thanks for your comment on my blogknob note... - if I´d collect something, it would be stitched samplers, so I´d much like to see the exhibition...

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

Sounds facinating! In a time when everything is hyped up to be fancy and modern, it's alweays inspiring to see art from simpler times when it comes to technology.It is puzzeling that with all our possibilities to make outstanding art, more and more turns out the same. I love reading your blog because yours is not.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I wish I were closer ...I would enjoy learning about vintage projects that I sometimes find in antique stores. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

tangled stitch said...

This is a wonderful post! It's so good to see you, been super busy and just posting but now I've opened up a lot more time to come and visit! Happy New Year!

fabriquefantastique said...

great links, thank you

Fabric Art said...

Happy New Year Deborah, yes isn't it wonderful with an exhibit there can inspire and give new ideas to work with,have a nice weekend.
Hugs Anni

Thistle Cove Farm said...

looks like a fabulous exhibition; thanks for letting us know so I can "see" via your blog.

Joanne Huffman said...

It looks like a great exhibit.

Victoria said...

This looks like a great show! Thanks for the info!

Healing Woman said...

Interesting looking exhibit Deborah. I scrolled down to see some of the posts I have missed and enjoyed seeing some of your recent work.

layers said...

It must be inspiring to find out about the origins and history behind what interests you the most.