Category: Needlework History


Needles: A Slim Subject

By Kandace Merric, NAN-Certified Teacher This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in summer 1996. Ballpoint, beading, between, calyx, carpet, chenille, crewel, curved, darner, doll, embroidery, glove, leather, long darner, milliner, sack, sail, sharp, straw, surgeon, tapestry, upholstery….

Read More

SAMPLERS (Part 4): A Mark in Early American History 1600’s Through the Early 1800’s

By Anita Spitzhoff, NAN-Certified Teacher This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in summer 1993. Numerous and complex sampler stitches were required to accomplish the variety of designs that needleworkers created. Sampler research by Glee Krueger shows that…

Read More

SAMPLERS (Part 3): A Mark In Early American History 1600’s Through the Early 1800’s

By Anita Spitzhoff, NAN-Certified Teacher This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter in spring 1993. The information learned about American sampler materials, as well as their unique design elements, enables the historian to formulate the different categories or…

Read More

SAMPLERS (Part 2): A Mark in Early American History 1600’s Through the Early 1800’s

By Anita Spitzhoff, NAN-Certified Teacher This article first appeared in the winter 1993 issue of NANthology, the NAN newsletter. The Moravians give us an interesting insight into the girls’ school. John Amos Comenius, an early Moravian, stated that educating women…

Read More

SAMPLERS (Part 1): A Mark in Early American History 1600’s Through the Early 1800’s

By Anita Spitzhoff, NAN-Certified Teacher This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in Fall 1992. Early settlers who struggled to establish a foothold in this new world brought with them a working knowledge of essential trades and crafts…

Read More

Dresden Lace: A Commercial Success Story

By Kathy Epstein This article first appeared in the NAN newsletter, in winter 1990. Many histories of embroidery focus on the production of needlework in domestic settings. For example, researchers have detailed the kinds of embroideries girls executed in eighteenth-century…

Read More