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 
participated, and 
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 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, writes:

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)

Dear  all,
....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 - 
my guess
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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