Elegant Geometry: American and British Mosaic Patchwork reflects the many shared traditions and international connections that enrich our lives.
The early history of the United States is intimately linked to the United Kingdom by family relationships and through patterns of immigration and trade. In fact, many settlers aspired to replicate British culture in the New World. Women brought their traditional sewing methods along with their needles, pins, thread, and cloth and then taught each new generation. The work of these American and British women surrounds you, and it shows how patchwork traditions have developed and changed over three centuries and across thousands of miles.
Mosaic patchwork is a technique in which pieces of fabric are wrapped and basted over paper templates and then whipstitched together. The technique’s popularity waxed and waned as the taste for silk, wool, and cotton fabrics fell in and out of fashion. The development, spread, and eventual decline of the method reflects the social and cultural shifts in women’s lives on both sides of the Atlantic.
We invite you to examine the precision and complexity of the mosaic patchwork technique in Elegant Geometry and to appreciate the quiet artistry and modest ingenuity that have influenced past and present American and British patchwork traditions.