By Aimee E. Newell
The publication is full of person examples, tales, and over 80 advantageous colour pictures that remove darkness from the position that samplers and needlework performed within the tradition of the time. for instance, in October 1852, Amy Fiske (1785 – 1859) of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, stitched a sampler. yet she was once now not a schoolgirl creating a sampler to profit her letters. in its place, as she defined, “The above is what i've got taken from my sampler that I wrought while i used to be 9 years outdated. It was once w[rough]t on high-quality fabric [and] it tattered to items. My age at the moment is sixty six years.”
Situated on the intersection of women’s historical past, fabric tradition examine, and the heritage of getting older, this ebook brings jointly items, diaries, letters, snap shots, and prescriptive literature to think about how middle-class American ladies skilled the getting older method. Chapters discover the actual and psychological results of “old age” on antebellum ladies and their needlework, technological advancements on the topic of needlework through the antebellum interval and the tensions that arose from the elevated mechanization of cloth construction, and the way reward needlework functioned between family and friends individuals. faraway from being completely ornamental adorns or useful family textiles, those samplers and quilts served their very own ends. They provided getting older ladies a method of coping, of sharing and of expressing themselves. those “threads of time” offer a helpful and revealing resource for the lives of mature antebellum women.
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A Stitch in Time: The Needlework of Aging Women in Antebellum America by Aimee E. Newell