Sunday, October 31, 2010

Historic Connecticut Needlework

On my recent trip to Connecticut, I was blessed to see some remarkable and well preserved historic needlework. If you live in the Connecticut area or a making a trip to New England, there are currently two exhibits highlighting historic needlework that are definitely worth the visit! To read the Hartford Courant newspaper article about these exhibits, click here (thanks to Sue for letting me have this section from her newspaper!) addition, an interesting article in the New York Times that can be viewed by clicking here.

The "With My Needle and Brush: Schoolgirl Embroidery from the Connecticut River Valley" exhibit is on display at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT through January 30, 2011. This exhibition, from guest curators Carol and Stephen Huber, included approximately seventy embroideries, watercolor sketches, and portraits - most are from private collections (rarely seen) - and all in excellent collection. I was in awe as I studied the various techniques and read the histories - the use of silk was incredible and I was quite surprised at many of the materials used. Although no photography was allowed in the exhibit halls, I have a clear vision of many works in my head, as they were absolutely gorgeous. A book to accompany this exhibit will be available in late 2011. If you have a chance to visit this marvelous display of needlework and history, don't miss it - it is definitely worth the trip. The photo to the right shows the exhibit program (a six page color guide to the exhibit).

The Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library in Hartford, CT is showcasing "Connecticut Needlework: Women, Art, and Family, 1740-1840" through March 26, 2011. This exhibit includes 82 pieces represent 32 Connecticut towns - the pieces represented range from early bed rugs to needlework samplers to clothing and accessories. The Connecticut Historical Society has released a book of the same title to accompany the exhibit - I purchased the beautiful 220 page hardcover copy with a gorgeous selection of photographs and wonderful analysis of each piece...I can't wait to delve further into this fabulous resource with a wealth of information.

Both museum gift shops have a great selection of needlework kits, books, and items that complement the exhibits. I brought home several keepsakes and another book (Samplers by Rebecca Scott) to add to my collection. I also picked up a couple of The Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin Publications that highlight historic needlework for reference (from 1959 and 1987).

One more thing today....
I know I told you I would be having a new giveaway to commemorate reaching 300 followers - and I haven't forgotten....there will be a new giveaway soon! I am working on the prize(s) and more details will be posted soon....

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing the Hartford Courant link, Belinda! I came home with the Sampler book by Rebecca Scott as well as the exhibit program from the Florence Griswold Museum show. I am waiting rather patiently for my copy of the Connecticut Needlework book to arrive.