By Aimee E. Newell
The ebook is stuffed with person examples, tales, and over 80 positive colour pictures that light up 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 used to be 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 previous. It was once w[rough]t on high quality textile [and] it tattered to items. My age at the present is sixty six years.”
Situated on the intersection of women’s historical past, fabric tradition learn, and the background of getting older, this booklet brings jointly gadgets, diaries, letters, images, 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 relating to needlework throughout the antebellum interval and the tensions that arose from the elevated mechanization of cloth creation, and the way present needlework functioned between family and friends contributors. faraway from being exclusively ornamental adorns or practical family 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 worthwhile 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