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Needles & Haystacks: Pastoral Imagery in American Needlework from the Winterthur Collection

October 03, 2006 — January 07, 2007


Featuring exquisite needlework pictures of idyllic country scenes created by schoolgirls in early America, the exhibition gave a new twist to the traditional focus on the landscape that is so much a part of New England history. The artistry and charm of the works themselves, the richness of the colors in the needlework, and the diversity of the materials and techniques appealed to all those with an appreciation for fine craftsmanship, including antique collectors, artists, designers, and needlework enthusiasts from novice to expert. Forms ranging from framed pictures and samplers to petticoat borders and chair seat covers were complemented by silver teapots, Staffordshire figurines, painted boxes and porcelain candlesticks that supported the pastoral theme. (Photograph courtesy Winterthur)