Location: Wheaton Community Center
Teacher: Joanne Harvey
Joanne will lecture at our General Meeting on Sunday. She will lecture on 17th century American samplers going into the development of Rhode Island samplers. The title of the lecture is “Desiring them to see my Daughter Elizabeth be brought up to her needle”. The lecture will be presented in two parts lasting approximately 2 ½ hour for both parts. Joanne thought this would be of interest to our Guild since she will be teaching Mary Atwood at the 25th Anniversary of Just Cross Stitch in Williamsburg this year.
We had a very short business meeting before our program. Leslie Lewis, our president reminded everyone that there is no meeting in May. Our next meeting will be June 12th. We’ll have a program presented by one of our members, Kathy Matthews who will speak about a recent trip she took, “The Embroidered Jacket Tour”.
The subject of the first talk from Joanne Harvey was 17th century American Samplers. She shared wonderful slides of the samplers of Loara Standish, Mary Atwood, Mary Hollingsworth, Elizabeth Cotton and many more. We not only learned about the samplers, but the girls who made them, where they lived, their families and what we know of everyday life in the 17th century.
After a short break, Joanne continued with her second topic: 18th century samplers from Newport and Providence. She showed us detailed slides of several different groups of samplers and pointed out the characteristics of each group of samplers. She also showed pictures of several English samplers from the same time period and compared them to their American counterparts. Joanne talked about the materials that were used to stitch the samplers and made us aware of how little we know about them. She said that she hoped her talk would make us look at these samplers with new appreciation and enhance our respect for what has been left in our care. Thank you Joanne, for sharing this with us.
Several people brought samplers from the Exemplarary for show and tell so Joanne could also see their completed projects. Click on the links below for more information. Hope to see you at our June meeting!