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The Resource A stitch in time : the needlework of aging women in antebellum America, Aimee E. Newell

A stitch in time : the needlework of aging women in antebellum America, Aimee E. Newell

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A stitch in time : the needlework of aging women in antebellum America
Title
A stitch in time
Title remainder
the needlework of aging women in antebellum America
Statement of responsibility
Aimee E. Newell
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Language
eng
Summary
"Drawing from 167 examples of decorative needlework -- primarily samplers and quilts from 114 collections across the United States -- made by individual women aged 40 and over between 1820 and 1860, this exquisitely illustrated book explores how women experienced social and cultural change in antebellum America. The book is filled with individual examples, stories, and over eighty fine color photographs that illuminate the role that samplers and needlework played in the culture of the time. For example, in October 1852, Amy Fiske (1785-1859) of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, stitched a sampler. But she was not a schoolgirl making a sampler to learn her letters. Instead, as she explained, "The above is what I have taken from my sampler that I wrought when I was nine years old. It was w[rough]t on fine cloth [and] it tattered to pieces. My age at this time is 66 years." Situated at the intersection of women's history, material culture study, and the history of aging, this book brings together objects, diaries, letters, portraits, and prescriptive literature to consider how middle-class American women experienced the aging process. Chapters explore the physical and mental effects of "old age" on antebellum women and their needlework, technological developments related to needlework during the antebellum period and the tensions that arose from the increased mechanization of textile production, and how gift needlework functioned among friends and family members. Far from being solely decorative ornaments or functional household textiles, these samplers and quilts served their own ends. They offered aging women a means of coping, of sharing and of expressing themselves. These "threads of time" provide a valuable and revealing source for the lives of mature antebellum women"--
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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A stitch in time : the needlework of aging women in antebellum America, Aimee E. Newell
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-259) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn847837244
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
x, 265 pages
Isbn
9780821420522
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2013041740
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780821420522
  • (OCoLC)847837244
  • (Sirsi) b13202844
Label
A stitch in time : the needlework of aging women in antebellum America, Aimee E. Newell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-259) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn847837244
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
x, 265 pages
Isbn
9780821420522
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2013041740
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780821420522
  • (OCoLC)847837244
  • (Sirsi) b13202844

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