Last week at Winterthur, Linda Eaton announced that the entire textile
collection is being photographed and will be available for viewing via
computer in the near future. So, Devon, they have anticipated your wishes.
have always had wonderful staff photographers, skilled in bringing out the
best in any object photographed. Evidence of this are the very lovely
photos in publications Winterthur produces.
You may like to know, Devon, that Amelia Peck, a Metropolitan Museum of Art
Curator, was one of the presenters in the morning auditorium sessions,
speaking about Candace Wheeler (1827-1923) who was the first woman to lead an
American decorating firm, having started earlier in her career as a
partner in a Tiffany business venture. This talk was "Making Art Embroidery
Work for Women".
Devon - Tricia Wilson Nguyen, Owner of Thistle Threads (mentioned several
times in old Arachne correspondence) spoke about "Professional vs. Amateur:
The Economics of Embroidery". This was fascinating. Nguyen conceived of,
and led the making of a reproduction 17th Century embroidered jacket at
Plimoth Plantation a few years ago. Devon made some of the gold lace on the
jacket, styled after the famous surviving Layton jacket in the Victoria and
Albert Museum, London. The V and A also owns a portrait of Layton wearing
the jacket. What I realized the first time I viewed these 2 items in
London was that the gold lace on the jacket and in the portrait were from
different patterns. Probably the original became worn and was replaced on the
jacket, with the old gold lace being melted down for re-use. When you want
to buy silk and gold threads, Thistle Threads in the state of Massachusetts
is one place to shop.
Arlene - Yes, I took the second of two sessions of "Luxury Lives in the
Details" workshop you described. Agree that the presenter, a cataloguer of
Museum Collections was inexperienced and hesitant - quite unusual for
Winterthur, which has always had very impressive experts on all the American
Decorative Arts. I kept wishing she could come to Maine for some one-on-one
time with me. The library of 4,000+ books I have collected would not exist,
had I not spent a very educational week at Winterthur half a lifetime ago.
It was a jointly-sponsored program Winterthur/EGA (offered to
Embroiderers' Guild of America members). Only about a dozen people
it has never been repeated. It greatly advanced my personal interests:
Embroidery, Lace, Textiles used in period rooms, Conservation & Restoration,
Collecting books and collecting textiles. Everyone should be so lucky.
Further, I would like to mention that quite a few paid members of the staff
in high positions are women, with Linda Eaton holding one of the most
prestigious. Just saying....how nice it is.
Arlene - I practice what I preach. That means I wear lace. It is a great
way to start a conversation.
Someone: please write a response to this, so that people who do not
receive AOL mail will know to look at the Arachne Archives for it.
Jeri Ames in Maine USA
Lace and Embroidery Resource Center
In a message dated 10/17/2016 2:43:20 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Winterthur has some very nice pieces of lace in its collection because one
the members of the Dupont family was a member of the Needle and Bobbin Club
and her collection has ended up at Winterthur. Pieces from this collection
were shown when the members of the IOLI visited Winterthur during the
Harrisburg IOLI convention. However, I do not think they are all
photographed....collectors like the Duponts were very interesting
people, the next step might be photographing and displaying the lace.
I think the piece that Arlene directed us to is not the victim of mending.
diamond like braid structure is characteristic of a kind of lace called
Valenciennes de Gand....There is a
handkerchief made this way at the Metropolitan Museum
From: Arlene Cohen
Sent: Sunday, October 16, 2016 1:30 PM
Subject: [lace] Ithaca Lace and Winterthur Needlework Symposium
(I have deleted the Ithaca content that was part of this memo. Jeri)
....I journeyed down to
Winterthur in Delaware for a fabulous needlework symposium. A few pieces
related lace content to report here. First of all, I got to meet Jeri Ames
in person, after reading so many of her helpful words here on Arachne for
long. I very much admired the lace she was wearing around her neck and
dangling from her ears! I had on my needlework necklace, showcasing the
beauvais stitch, from France. Secondly, one of my afternoon workshops was
more or less a "show and tell" session of items from the Winterthur
collections of needlework, particularly focused on "luxury", with some
discussion on what that term meant. (Jeri, did you attend this workshop?)
One of the pieces they had out was a beautiful bobbin and needlelace
Winterthur does not have much of these laces in their collections (you can
go to their collections online and do a search)...
The majority was bobbin lace, although the circular medallions were
needle lace. There are large open areas with a very loose looking mesh -
is that those are threads from some early conservation work years
ago. Those three areas are so odd looking, I'm guessing the mesh or the
ground that was originally there just simply went at some point and some
of stabilizing ... was created. The cataloguer in charge of this
workshop and showing these items did know know much about this piece.
Arlene C. in NJ
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