by Wendy Lavitt

Author: Wendy Lavitt
Language: English
ISBN: 0394542401
ISBN13: 978-0394542409
Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (October 12, 1987)
Pages: 286
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Subcategory: Crafts
Rating: 4.4
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Ashton couldn’t love anyone more than he loved himself, and I needed to get away while there was still enough of me left to salvage. Pulling the door closed behind me, it felt like I was closing the door on my past, on my history of dysfunction and cycle of abuse. There was no doubt in my mind that I loved Ashton-he had been my world for all of my short adult life. That was the problem: he was everything

This comprehensive history of American needlework explores the radiant creativity and legacy of many needlework artists and highlights every aspect of this complex and beautiful heritage. From an elegantly simple linsey-woolsey bedcover to a stunningly decorative evening purse, from the lucid geometric abstraction of a Navajo blanket to the poignancy of an embroidered mourning picture, from a subdued Amish quilt to the dazzling colors of Sioux beadwork--here is the rich, many-faceted heritage of America's textiles and needlework. Contents: ? introduction ? Cloth ? Blankets, counterpanes & bed rugs ? Quilts ? White work ? Coverlets ? Linens in the home ? Early needlework, 1650-1838 ? Berlin work & Victoriana ? Rugs ? Implements of loving labor ? Needlework tools & accessories ? Knitting, crochet, & lace ? Printed handkerchiefs, banners, & flags ? American Indian blankets ? American Indian quiltwork & beadwork ? Other American Indian textiles ? Notes ? Bibliography ? index
I think I enjoy my 1,000 needlework book library about as much as I enjoy stitching. And I love stitching. This book was published in 1994, the year I had my son, so it escaped my eye. But I'm sure glad for Amazon for the ability to surf around and find these wonderful compendiums of this beautiful art: stitching. The best way to impart what this book is about is to relate the Table of Contents:

Blankets, Counterpanes, and Bed Ruggs [sic]
White Work
Linens in the Home
Early Needlework, 1650-1830
Berlin Work and Victoriana
Implements of Loving Labor: Needlework Tools and Accessories
Knitting, Crochet, and Lace
Printed Handkerchiefs, Banners, and Flags
American Indian Blankets
American Indian Quillwork and Beadwork
Other American Indian Textiles

My biggest interest is on the needlework samplers and pictures of the early years of our country and the chapter here is excellent: great text discussing interesting details plus large, some full-page, color photos.

Quilting, knitting, crochet, rugs and other such things hold less interest for me although it is pleasant to browse those chapters. But to me, the most fascinating thing is the final three chapters--NO other book on early Americana needlework includes Native Americans' work to this extent, giving it the respect and dignity it deserves. I have seen Navajo rugs being woven as well as authentic Native American costumes both in museums and on living, breathing dancers who keep their beautiful culture alive. I also did some elementary beading on an Indian bead loom. But quill work--do you know how hard that is??? There is a detailed discussion of the habits of the various tribes with their quillwork and beading. I never heard it before that there was a formal society a woman needed to be inducted to in order to be allowed to learn the difficult art of quillwork. Women would suck on an individual quill to soften it it use (as we wet our floss to thread the needle!) and sometimes it would make her sick depending on if it held dyes which could be acidic. Special rules included not tossing a quill into a fire or allowing anyone to walk in front of a woman working on her quilling. And she couldn't eat porcupine meat because that sort of "compounded" the detrimental effect that getting sick and sticking her hands till she bled.

The very extensive Notes, Bibliography and Index aid your gaining the level of information on the entire subject or any little part of this book. It's very nicely laid out, smartly written and I find it very appealing. Right now, there are 30 copies available for under $10. What are you waiting for?
a beautifull and very complete book about needlework, you just want to have this one on your bookshelves to look into.
Product as described, packed well, received on time, would buy again.
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