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Filled with individual examples, stories, and over eighty fine colour photographs that illuminate the role that samplers and needlework played in the culture of the time.
Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1 The Physical Challenges of Needlework Chapter 2 Growing Old Gracefully Chapter 3 The Technological Reshaping of Antebellum Needlework Chapter 4 I Give and Bequeath This Quilt: Needlework as Property Chapter 5 Family Currency: The Gift Needlework of Aging Women Chapter 6 Biographical Needlework: Telling a Life Story Chapter 7 Threads of Life: Needlework as Memorial Conclusion Appendix: Decorative Needlework Made by Women Forty or Over between 1820 and 1860 Notes Bibliography Index
Aimee E. Newell is director of collections at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library in Lexington, Massachusetts.
"The book looks at a field of study that many would think has been well covered from a completely new angle, focusing on older makers rather than styles, fashion, or the education of girls; [It] brings together anthropological, sociological, and psychological work with decorative arts and straight history." Diane L. Fagan Affleck, author of Just New from the Mills: Printed Cottons in America, Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries "This will be a valuable book providing new insights on American needlework; The author's [theme] chapters are full of personal details, beautiful needlework, and the rich evidence that she uncovered to support her findings. I believe readers will enjoy this book and will be inspired to find thoughtful and meaningful connections across time and place." Virginia Gunn, editor of Uncoverings, the Research Papers of the American Quilt Study Group