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Stitch By Stitch: Needlework Samplers From The Wistariahurst Collection

Stitch by Stitch: Needlework Samplers from the Wistariahurst Collection

Monday July 15, 2019 - Saturday August 24, 2019 All Day

image of antique cross-stitched sampler with peacocks, a monkey, a tree, flowers, people and a parrotGuest curator and needlework specialist Joanne Picard will use Wistariahurst’s textile collection to introduce and explain needlework Samplers.  The exhibit will illustrate components, look at who made samplers; how they were made and why. It will examine how sampler designs and motifs reflected the lives and beliefs of their makers and provide the visitor with an opportunity to try their hand at cross stitch and other patterns.

Joanne Picard has been studying and reproducing historic samplers for more than 30 years.  She was initially attracted to them by the variations in alphabet styles, the range of colors (though now often faded), and the questions they raised about the identities and lives of their makers.  Reproducing a historic sampler requires a close examination of the original pattern that often illuminates details of design and construction that might otherwise be overlooked.  It also requires an attention to detail that one imagines some girls found boring and repetitive, and others, including Joanne, found rewarding and relaxing.  Joanne has demonstrated needlework at several historic house museums, and she has been a volunteer in the curatorial department at Naumkeag in Stockbridge.  She is currently a volunteer in the Wistariahurst archives.

The exhibit is open to the public during regular operating hours.

Opening reception for this exhibition will be Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm

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