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Wall Hanging-Apple Tree
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Luanna Thorn (1875-1965) hand-wove this wool and cotton wall hanging with needle-woven apple trees. In the Springfield, Massachusetts' July 12, 1912 Springfield Daily Republican her work was described: "The hand-loom work shown by Mrs. E. C. Thorn at the house at the corner of Academy Lane carries one back into the days when the women of the colonies made by hand the fabrics used in clothing the family and decorating the home. The drafts for the various decorative patterns used by the women of that time have been used in Mrs. Thorn's weaving, and there are reproduced several fancy patterns for table covers and bureau scarfs and numerous other articles shown, spread out upon ancient articles of furniture belonging to the family which lend themselves well to the display of old-time draperies. In this line there are used the definitive terms of many, many years ago, and such weaves as the federal knot, the double bow knot, the line of snowballs and others are mentioned as one looks over the pieces of weaving made up into bags, belts, and similar hand weaves. Woolen yarns are used also for making rugs of the sort that much wear will neither fade nor weaken."
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