Happy New Year fellow Stitchers!
Are you looking for some creative inspiration to get your year off to a good start? Look to the past for your future projects – visit an exhibit featuring historical embroidery and needleart to inspire you and get those needles moving.
The Denver Art Museum is featuring an exhibit titled Threads of Heaven on Chinese embroidery from the Qing Dynasty through January 29th. Many of the items on display were collected by Charlotte Hill Grant, the wife of the doctor who established a department of public health in Beijing at Peking Union Medical College in the 1920′s.
The example shown here features an elaborately embroidered badge that was attached to clothing to indicate rank. You can read more about the exhibit in the California Literary Review.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is featuring an exhibit titled The Embroideries of Colonial Boston, which runs through June of 2012.
This exhibit features Adam and Eve samplers, pastoral pictures with leaping stags and galloping hunters, as well as crewelwork bed hangings and delicately embroidered clothing from the Colonial era.
The Quilt Museum in La Conner, Washington will be featuring an exhibit titled Embroidered Beauties: Old and New covering 200 years of embroidered quilting history.
The exhibit features finely-worked crazy quilting with a wealth of embroidery stitch combinations to inspire your next project, as well as candlewick quilts and items made using stamped and heat transfer designs.
These are just a few of the many exhibits and events going on around the country, and are worth checking out if you are in the area.
If you can’t make it to these events, check with your local art museum, chamber of commerce or needlework store for events going on in your area.
Get out there and enjoy!