If You’re in the Neighborhood in July

July 1, 2010

Old Sturbridge Village (http://www.osv.org)

The Labour of My Youthful Hands, the new needlework exhibit at Old Sturbridge Village, features young ladies’ needlework and ornamental arts from the OSV collection. Featured pieces include simple marking samplers, embroideries based on classical literature, whitework and three new acquisitions. This exhibit runs through June 19, 2011. Old Sturbridge Village, located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, is the largest outdoor history museum in the northeastern part of the United States. It depicts everyday life in a small New England town from 1790-1840.   

White River Valley Museum (http://www.wrvmuseum.org)

Closing Soon This Auburn, Washington museum is hosting Household Lace Adds Charm to Your Place, a delightful sounding exhibit “honoring the art and history of making lace.” It runs through August 1 and is sponsored by International Old Lacers, Inc. and the Lace Council for Education. The museum website features exhibit photographs as well as an informative You Tube video.

The Textile Museum (http://www.textilemuseum.org)

Through January 9, 2011 The Textile Museum is featuring The Art of Living: Textile Furnishings from the Permanent Collection. On display are textile furnishings including hangings, rugs, chair covers, cushions and other materials. According to the museum website, “the varied furnishing textiles in the exhibition, made to provide protection, comfort, color and pattern in homes from the ancient Mediterranean world to 20th-century America, document the lifestyles enjoyed by their original owners as well as the technical and artistic accomplishments of their creators.” Check the website for more information.

Winchester-Frederick Historical Society (http://www.winchesterhistory.org)

This Virginia historical society is hosting When This You See Remember Me: Schoolgirl Samplers of Winchester-Frederick County, Virginia. The exhibit features 25 samplers from the area and runs through October 31. You can read details about the historical society and its museums on their website. Unfortunately there is no information about this exhibit. To learn more about it click this link to read a very informative article about the exhibit. Northern Virginia Daily

Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles (http://www.lacismuseum.org)

Night and Day: The World of the Twenties, Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles latest offering, explores the spirit of the 1920s through embellished garments including ribbon flowers, beadwork and lace. Making this display more life-like are the wax-headed articulated dolls used to model the clothing. The exhibit runs through September 1. Check the museum’s website for an extensive slide show featuring many of the garments.

American Folk Art Museum (http://www.folkartmuseum.org)

Women Only: Folk Art by Female Hands features pieces from the collections of this New York City museum. The exhibit, which runs through September 12,  focuses on works “created within the strictures of post-revolutionary Republican Motherhood and the Cult of Domesticity” including samplers, quilts and rugs. For more information check out the museum website and this  interesting podcast about the exhibit. 

Armenian Museum of America (http://www.almainc.org/museum.html)

This museum, part of the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Watertown, Massachusetts, holds the largest and most diverse collection of Armenian cultural artifacts outside the Republic of Armenia. One of the museums’ current exhibits is Identifying Armenian Lace. It focuses on the history of Armenian needle lace and features an array of lace collars, large doilies, three-dimensional flowers, household items and clothing embellished with lace. Visit the very informative website to learn more about Armenia’s rich and, at times, tragic history. There are also several books on lace and other Armenian textiles available from the museum’s on-line gift shop. 

Note: All photographs are courtesy of the individual museums.       

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