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The Development of Embroidery in America   By: (1827-1923)

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In "The Development of Embroidery in America" by Candace Wheeler, readers are taken on a fascinating journey through the history of embroidery in the United States. Wheeler, a renowned textile artist and writer, skillfully uncovers the intricate threads that have shaped the evolution of this cherished art form.

The book begins with a comprehensive exploration of the roots of embroidery in early America, delving into the cultural influences that spurred its growth. Wheeler's meticulous research and attention to detail as she unravels the historical context behind various embroidery techniques is commendable, offering readers a well-rounded understanding of the subject.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in Wheeler's ability to bring to life the stories of the countless women who dedicated themselves to this craft. She sheds light on both the well-known and lesser-known artists, showcasing their talent, determination, and contribution to the growth of embroidery in America. Each chapter is filled with engaging anecdotes and inspiring narratives, connecting readers emotionally to the makers of these beautiful pieces.

Additionally, Wheeler seamlessly incorporates colorful illustrations throughout the text, showcasing examples of embroidery from different periods. This visual accompaniment not only enhances the reader's understanding but also brings the artistry to life, reinforcing the beauty and complexity of the craft.

"The Development of Embroidery in America" is not only a book about embroidery; it is also a tribute to the resilience and creativity of women throughout history. Wheeler intertwines social, political, and cultural influences with the story of embroidery, providing a broader perspective and highlighting the complexities of these women's lives.

While the book excels in its content and storytelling, it occasionally suffers from a dense writing style that may be difficult for readers less familiar with embroidery to digest. However, this minor flaw is overshadowed by the sheer wealth of information and the author's evident passion for her subject.

In conclusion, "The Development of Embroidery in America" offers an insightful and captivating journey through the rich history of embroidery. Candace Wheeler's expertise and dedication to the subject shine through in this meticulously researched and beautifully presented book. Whether one is an avid embroiderer or simply intrigued by the art form's evolution, this book is an essential addition to any library. It celebrates the legacy of the women who dedicated themselves to this craft and their lasting impact on the cultural landscape of America.

First Page:

THE DEVELOPMENT OF EMBROIDERY IN AMERICA

By Candace Wheeler

[Illustration: CANDACE WHEELER

From the painting by her daughter Dora Wheeler Keith.

Painted by Dora Wheeler Keith ]

THE DEVELOPMENT OF EMBROIDERY IN AMERICA

By

CANDACE WHEELER

Illustrated

[Illustration]

HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS NEW YORK AND LONDON MCMXXI

DEVELOPMENT OF EMBROIDERY IN AMERICA

Copyright, 1921, by Harper & Brothers Printed in the United States of America X V

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

Introductory. The Story of the Needle 3

I. Beginnings in the New World 10

II. The Crewelwork of Our Puritan Mothers 17

III. Samplers and a Word About Quilts 48

IV. Moravian Work, Portraiture, French Embroidery and Lacework 62

V. Berlin Woolwork 96

VI. Revival of Embroidery, and the Founding of the Society of Decorative Art 102

VII. American Tapestry 121

VIII. The Bayeux Tapestries 144

ILLUSTRATIONS

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