By Aimee E. Newell
The publication is stuffed with person examples, tales, and over 80 positive colour images that light up the function 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 no longer a schoolgirl creating a sampler to benefit her letters. as a substitute, as she defined, “The above is what i've got taken from my sampler that I wrought while i used to be 9 years outdated.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 used to be w[rough]t on effective textile [and] it tattered to items. My age at present is sixty six years.”
Situated on the intersection of women’s heritage, fabric tradition examine, and the background of getting older, this publication brings jointly items, diaries, letters, pics, and prescriptive literature to contemplate how middle-class American ladies skilled the getting older strategy. Chapters discover the actual and psychological results of “old age” on antebellum girls and their needlework, technological advancements regarding needlework in the course of the antebellum interval and the tensions that arose from the elevated mechanization of fabric creation, and the way reward needlework functioned between family and friends participants. faraway from being completely ornamental embellishes or practical loved ones textiles, those samplers and quilts served their very own ends. They provided getting older girls a way of coping, of sharing and of expressing themselves. those “threads of time” offer a priceless 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