Piecework MarApr 2002


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Madeira’s Marghab House of Embroidery Embroidered linens in cutwork and three-dimensional textural designs have been produced commercially on the island of Madeira since the mid-nineteenth century. One of Madeira’s finest embroidery houses was Marghab Linens, Ltd. The largest collection of Marghab linens in the world is housed at the South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, South Dakota. By Lisa Scholten An Obsession with Excellence: The Needlework of Lady Evelyn Stewart Murray Lady Evelyn Stewart Murray, daughter of the seventh duke of Atholl, was a remarkable needleworker and avid collector at the turn of the twentieth century. In l936, she donated her collection of more than l20 examples of needlework—more than half of them stitched by her—to her former home, Blair Castle in Perthshire, Scotland, where they may be viewed today. By Sylvia Robertson A Passion for Strawberries: A Profile of Anne Wood Murray, Collector Extraordinaire A collector of textiles and decorative arts with a particular affinity for strawberry motifs, Anne Wood Murray began a long affiliation with the Smithsonian National Museum in l937. She donated hundreds of pieces of furniture, glass, ceramics, silver, costumes, bedcoverings, samplers, needlework tools, printed textiles, and twentieth-century household objects to the museum. By Melodie Sweeney The Art of Flowering: Nineteenth-Century Iroquois Beadwork in the Collection of Old Sturbridge Village During the middle and later decades of the nineteenth century, Iroquois women made beaded souvenirs for tourists who came to see Niagara Falls. They combined Native American style and Victorian excess to create distinctive, strongly colored floral motifs. A wide variety of these souvenirs are in the collection of Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. By Aimee E. Newell Kate Fowler Merle-Smith: Visionary Textile Collector In l974, the textile collector Kate Fowler Merle-Smith donated 2,500 examples of traditional folk costumes, embroidery, quilts, dress fabrics, and other decorative arts dating from the third through the twentieth centuries to the Allentown (Pennsylvania) Art Museum, fulfilling her dream to establish a textile museum in which she could share her collection with the public. By Ruta T. Saliklis Discovering Threadwork Outstanding examples of historical threadwork await visitors to smaller, out-of-the-way museums throughout the world. Here are a few treasures you can see if you travel off the beaten path. By Dolores B. Bausum Things to Make Lily of the Valley Napkins to Embroider Lisa Scholten, curator of collections for the Marghab Gallery at the South Dakota Art Museum, used traditional Madeiran embroidery stitches to design these linen napkins inspired by the museum’s Marghab linen collection. Elegant Socks to Knit A pair of stockings brought to the United States by a Norwegian emigrant in the early nineteenth century and now in the collection of the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, served as a model for these luxurious socks adapted and knitted by Nancy Bush. A Native American-Style Bag to Bead The floral motif on this bag, designed and beaded by Meg Grossman, emulates the distinctive style and technique that nineteenth-century Iroquois women used to create their beaded souvenirs in western New York State. Stitch in Time The Knitting Stitch Deanna Hall West A Lid for a Crystal Jar to Embroider French knots and lazy daisy, stem, bullion, and detached chain stitches are combined in this delicate embroidered floral garden designed and stitched by Ellen Moore Johnson. Scottish Sampler Part Three This is the third and final part of Donna Yuen’s adaptation of Rachel Reid’s 1810 sampler. Parts one and two appeared in the January/February 2002 issue. The whimsical “wee beasties” shown on either side of the house may represent Reid family pets. Stitched by Shirley Wilson. A Music Box Top to Embroider Personalize this white-on-white embroidery design made with silk thread, fabric, and pearlescent beads by adding your initial to the center of the artichoke motif embellished with fanciful botanical details. Designed and stitched by Janet F. Noble.