With Needle and Brush: Schoolgirl Embroidery from the by Carol Huber, Stephen Huber, Susan P. Schoelwer, Amy Kurtz

By Carol Huber, Stephen Huber, Susan P. Schoelwer, Amy Kurtz Lansing, Jeffrey Andersen

The Connecticut River Valley was once a major middle for the instructing and construction of embroidered images through younger ladies in inner most academies from the mid-eighteenth to the early 19th century. This publication identifies the designated kinds constructed through academics and scholars at faculties in the course of the valley, from Connecticut and Massachusetts to Vermont and New Hampshire. Needlework used to be a way of instilling the values of citizenship, religion, wisdom, and patriotism into ladies who could turn into moms within the early republic. This e-book describes and illustrates how those embroideries supply perception into the character of women's education at the present. Over the process their schooling, women undertook a growing number of advanced and tough needlework. ahead of the age of ten, they stitched simple samplers on linen. because the end result in their stories, they performed tricky samplers, memorials, and silk photographs as proof of the abilities and accomplishments befitting a woman. Proudly displayed as enticements to capability suitors, those items affirmed a tender woman's mastery of the well mannered arts, which encompassed wisdom of non secular and literary issues in addition to paintings and music.This e-book has been made attainable throughout the beneficiant help of The Coby origin, Ltd., the Connecticut Humanities Council, the Connecticut fee on tradition and Tourism, additionally: a software of the J. M. Kaplan Fund, and several other deepest donors.

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121/2 x 151/2 in. framed Norwich, Connecticut Private collection As the ro∫e breatheth ∫weetne∫s from Its own╯ nature ∫o the benevolent heart produceth good╯ works Ruth Huntingtons Sampler made in the 11th╯ year of her age 1787 Ruth Huntington undoubtedly attended school with her younger cousin Elizabeth Huntington (plate 3) in Norwich, Connecticut, where they stitched very similar samplers in 1787. Although Elizabeth’s is more ambitious and includes a lengthy verse, Ruth’s sampler exhibits a comparable floral border, an asymmetrical inner border with the content worked in bands, and a filled-in background.

Betsy and Chestina are known to have taught needlework (see plate 66, worked under the tutelage of Chestina). Laura made a sampler similar to Melancia’s, also dated 1817, possibly under the direction of their older sister Betsy; it is now in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. In her twenties, Melancia was fortunate to study at the Ipswich Female Seminary with Mary Lyon, who went on to found Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, now Mount Holyoke College. Melancia taught in the schools of her neighborhood until her marriage in 1831 to Dr.

Framed Norwich, Connecticut Private collection Who can find a virtuous woman╯ for her price is far above rubies Alice Mather her Sampler made in the╯ twelvth year of her age julyth/8 AD 1774 Dramatic in its high-contrast stitching, Alice Mather included a bucolic scenic panel in her sampler. She further enhanced it with the unusual addition of an applied border, in this case a floral chintz band. This sampler shows a great variety of influences, perhaps the strongest of which is an affinity with several pieces from Norwich.

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