Over 30 Designs to Create Your Own Classic Quilt
Maggi McCormick Gordon
Beautiful antique quilts and a workbook of patterns come together in this lavishly photographed book for quilters. The 25 featured quilts from the Wisconsin State Historical Society collection are displayed in period rooms at Old World Wisconsin, the Society’s outdoor museum of farmhouses. Patterns and block layouts are provided for replicating each of the original quilts, and after seeing them in a true historical context, quilters will be inspired to create their own versions.
144pp • 8 1/2 x 11 • 100 color photographs
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Acknowledged as the journal of record in its field, American Furniture presents new research on furniture design, use, production, and appreciation. Begun in 1993, this award-winning annual provides a comprehensive forum on furniture history, technology, connoisseurship, and conservation by the foremost scholars in the field. It is the only interdisciplinary journal devoted exclusively to furniture made or used in the Americas from the seventeenth century to the present.
Includes essays: American Rococo Looking Glasses: From Maker’s Hand to Patron’s Home, by Luke Beckerdite; An Ark of the New Republic, by Nicholas R. Bell; Early Polychrome Chests from Hadley, Massachusetts: A Technical Investigation of Their Paint and Finish, by Susan L. Buck; The Compass Artist of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, by Wendy A. Cooper, Patricia Edmonso, and Lisa M. Minardi; Paint-Decorated Furniture from Piedmont North Carolina, by June Lucas; The “Boston Chairs” of Mid-Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia, by Philip D. Zimmerman; and Recent Writings on American Furniture: A Bibliography, by Gerald W. R. Ward.
• Gilbert Rohde: Modern Design for Modern Living, Phyllis Ross; review by Christopher Long
• The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things, George Kubler; review by David F. Wood
• Timeless: Masterpiece American Brass Dial Clocks, Morrison H. Heckscher, Martha H. Willoughby, and David F. Wood; review by Philip D. Zimmerman
This book is part of the multivolume series of the International Quilt Study Center collections, and recovers a swath of that lost history and shows us some of America’s treasured material culture as it was pieced and stitched into place. American Quilts in the Modern Age, 1870–1940 examines the period’s quilts from both an artistic and a historical perspective. From pieced block to Crazy style to Colonial Revival examples, as well as one-of-a-kind creations, the full array of style and design appears in this book covering seven decades of quiltmaking. The contributing authors provide critical information regarding the modern and anti-modern tensions that persisted throughout this era of America’s coming of age, from the Civil War to World War II. They also address the textile technology and cultural context of the times in which the quilts were created, with an eye to the role that industrialization and modernization played in the evolution of techniques, materials, and designs. With full-color photographs of over 587 quilts, American Quilts in the Modern Age, 1870-1940 offers a new visual and tactile understanding of American culture and society, bridging the transition from traditional folk culture to the age of mass production and consumption.
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By Lanto Synge
The story of embroidery and needlework is discussed within the fascinating context of the history of fabrics, of decorative costume, of interior decoration, of church and state ceremonial, of girls’ education, of furniture and pastimes. Silk, cotton, linen, the significance of colors and dyes and the worldwide fascination with the influence of Chinese embroidery and Indian textiles are also considered.
The book is a broad account of the artistic achievements of every facet of decorative needlework.
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A diverse range of essays, new discoveries and book reviews on the latest research for intrest to ceramic scholars. 350 pages.
Includes the essays: Eighteenth-Century Earthenware from North Carolina: The Moravian Tradition Reconsidered, by Luke Beckerdite and Johanna Brown; Staffordshire in America: The Wares of John Bartlam at
Cain Hoy, 1765–1770, by Lisa Hudgins; Staffordshire Ceramics in Wachovia, by Robert Hunter; Tradition and Adaptation in Moravian Press-Molded Earthenware, by Johanna Brown; Salem Pottery after 1834: Henry SchaVner and Daniel Krause, by Michael O. Hartley; The Mount Shepherd Pottery Site, Randolph County, North Carolina, by Alain C. Outlaw; Making a Moravian Faience Ring Bottle, by Robert Hunter and Michelle Erickson; and Making a Moravian Squirrel Bottle , by Michelle Erickson, Robert Hunter, and Caroline M. Hannah.
This lavishly illustrated, full-color catalogue represents the first survey of Historic Deerfield’s Chinese export art collection. Written by Curator of Historic Interiors Amanda E. Lange, it presents new research on the involvement of rural New England in the China trade and features in-depth object entries. 272 pages.
Chinese Export Art at Historic Deerfield explores the decorative arts and the nature of commerce between the West and China. The catalogue includes three essays: “Of Merchants and Mandarins: An Overview of the China Trade,” “The Connecticut River Valley and the China Trade,” and “Collecting Chinese Export Art at Historic Deerfield.” New information on the involvement of rural New England in the China trade dispels the myth that trade with China was exclusively a coastal phenomenon. The stories of Connecticut River Valley merchants, sailors, captains, and wives involved in ventures to China are explored through advertisements, diaries, letters, and actual objects brought home.
The catalogue also features 114 object entires in the categories of graphic arts, silks, metalwares, novelties, and porcelains. Although considered exotic to Western eyes, many of these Chinese products were specifically designed to appeal to foreign tastes. Objects range from porcelain punch bowls to gilded laquerware boxes. One of the rarest objects presented is an album of 24 hand-painted images of the tea production process, from harvesting the leaves to packing them in boxes. A selected bibliography on Chinese export art and an extensive index round out the book.
This collection catalogue introduces a wide range of topics pertaining to tin-glazed ceramics or delftware. Chapters organized by function rather than chronology or decoration, review the variety of delftware forms in the museum’s collection, that range from posset pots to punch bowls. The book’s introductory chapters explore the background of collecting delftware at Historic Deerfield, the history of delftware manufacturing, and its sale and consumption in the Connecticut River Valley.
Written by William H. Guthman as a catalogue to accompany the exhibition by the same name organized by the Connecticut Historical Society. Hardcover, b&w and color illustrations, 239 pages, index. ISBN 1-881264-05-X. Copyright 1993.
We are drawn to American folk art for many reasons—its history, its humanity, and, perhaps most of all, its unaffected beauty. With elements both whimsical and practical, this enduring and beloved art form has become a rich source of inspiration for today’s craftspeople. For needleworkers in particular, folk art is among the most popular styles to stitch. Organized thematically by types of folk art motifs—among them, hearts, flowers, and daily life—Folk Art Needlepoint offers twenty projects and variations, from pillows and paperweights to a door stop and scissors case, that celebrate the best of American folk art.
With an eye to developing the best book for needlepointers attracted to folk art, Ruth Peltason has selected twenty objects from the American Folk Art Museum in New York, the country’s leading museum in the field. This collaboration results in such appealing projects as a multicolored belt taken from an 1890s log cabin quilt or a tote bag designed with hearts and hands based on love tokens cut in paper made in the mid-nineteenth century. Along with exquisite photographs of the pieces in room settings, Ruth Peltason provides delightful notes on the motifs and museum pieces that have inspired her as well as charming asides about decorating with your new needlepoint cushions, picture frames, or even curtain tiebacks. Karyn Gerhard, a talented needleworker, charted the patterns and stitched all the projects in the book, and the American Folk Art Museum supplied insightful commentary on the motifs and original artworks.
Complete with a techniques and materials section to guide you through essentials such as needlepoint stitches, thread and canvas selection, and project preparation, Folk Art Needlepoint provides everything you need to make classic pieces inspired by objects in the collection of the American Folk Art Museum come alive in your home as fresh, contemporary works of art.
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A concise companion guide to the Historic Deerfield exhibition celebrating the 350th Anniversary of the founding of the nearby town of Hadley, Massachusetts. Includes a brief introduction, information on and color images of 18 objects, as well as a bibliography. 16 pages.
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By Lynne Zacek-Bassett, editor
The definitive treasury of Massachusetts’s historic quilts, and a tribute to the creative spirit of their makers
The Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project (MassQuilts) is a volunteer organization that holds “documentation days” across the state to identify, date, and photograph pre-1950 quilts in private and museum collections. Formally organized in 1994, to date 6,000 quilts have been documented (the original goal was 3,000). These quilts provide a window through which to view the history of the state, telling stories of international trade and domestic manufacture, economic booms and busts, national politics, and neighborly discourse. The project focuses on quilts that have a history of original use in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Quilts will present the group’s findings. Essays by experts will lend context to catalogue-like entries on notable quilts. The quilts themselves will star, in over 200 illustrations, most of them rich in color.
The Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project (MassQuilts) is a volunteer organization that holds “documentation days” across the state to identify, date, and photograph pre-1950 quilts in private and museum collections. Formally organized in 1994, to date 6,000 quilts have been documented (the original goal was 3,000). These quilts provide a window through which to view the history of the state, telling stories of international trade and domestic manufacture, economic booms and busts, national politics, and neighborly discourse. The project focuses on quilts that have a history of original use in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Quilts will present the group’s findings. Essays by experts will lend context to catalogue-like entries on notable quilts. The quilts themselves will star, in over 200 illustrations, most of them rich in color.
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Written by Elizabeth V. Warren, Preface by Maria Ann Conelli, Foreword by Martha Stewart, Introduction by Stacy C. Hollander
From America’s preeminent museum collection, this definitive volume places the quilt firmly in the realm of art. Combining economy with artistry and everyday craftsmanship with extraordinary beauty, quilts hold a unique place in American culture. Each quilt tells a story about its maker and her community; seen together, these monumental textiles paint a broad picture of the development of a national character and uncover the hidden history of women’s contribution to art. This volume brings together the two hundred most important examples from the esteemed collection of the American Folk Art Museum, many of which are shown here for the first time. Each masterpiece was chosen carefully as an emblem of its time, style, and technique. Concise texts introducing each chapter remain entirely accessible in tone and never intrude upon the full-page image reproductions and countless detail enlargements that reveal the intricate stitching and surprising dimensionality of the works.
This book is a collection of 436 full color photographs that depict this rare American folk art, the carved and engraved powder horn, a personal accoutrement that , along with their flintlock musket or rifle, was integral with the American colonist’s survival in a wild and untamed wilderness. 110 examples, with carvings that range from exquisite map horns of the 18th century war torn New York, Pennsylvania and the Carolina’s to a young man with girls on his mind. Hardcover, 240 pages.
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