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stylized embroidery on blue square of linen

"Seaweed and Dragon Flies"
1905-1915
NBW.099
The simplicity of Japanese wares inspired American artists and designers who drew on them to create an increasingly influential cult of beauty in every day objects.

embroidered pattern of trees and vines on white linen

Chairback: "Vine and Fig Tree"
1907 NBW.010 This cross-stitched linen was used as a covering for a chair back.

embroidered rose vine with roses in front of full moon and water in background on vertical rectangle of brown linen

Wallhanging: "Two Red Roses Across the Moon"
c. 1919
NBW.086
William Morris's poetry inspired this embroidered wall hanging.

stylized rose tree embroidered on natural linen

Screen Panel: "The Last Rose of Summer"
1908
NBW.096
The Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework exhibited this embroidered panel in 1908.

pear tree against distant landscape embroidered on vertical panel of natural linen

Wallhanging: "The Pear Tree"
c. 1911
NBW.108
Ellen Miller and Margaret Whiting provided creative direction to the members of the Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework.

black and white photograph of room full of 19th century spinning equipment

Spinning Equipment
c. 1895
1996.14.0566.01-.03
Soon after Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield Massachusetts, opened in 1880, a room was devoted to the display of domestic textile equipment, used by women in the homes in the days before textiles were produced in factories.

wooden tape loom with heart shape carved out of handle

Tape Loom
c. 1800
1883.31.12
At the time this tape loom was made many people purchased fabric and sewing notions but some women and girls continued to use tape looms to weave narrow fabric bands, or "tape."

embroidered view of 18th century house behind elm trees

Shirred Rug Depicting the Sheldon House
1842
1918.02.04
Arabella Sheldon (1812-1874) of Deerfield, Massachusetts, designed and made this rug to represent the house where she grew up.

embroidered landscape with Mount Vernon in distance

Embroidery of Mount Vernon
c. 1807
1893.07.21
Caroline Stebbins simultaneously displayed her patriotism, refinement, and embroidery skills in this silk on silk embroidery of George Washington's home at Mount Vernon, Virginia.

 

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