Perfecting the Past - Needlework Traditions


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Needlework Traditions

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Inspiration: Needlework Traditions

Many needlework forms, such as embroidery, needlepoint, and crewelwork, surged in popularity during the Colonial Revival. These old needlework designs inspired quiltmakers.

The Diamond Field quilt resembles hexagon-mosaic quilts from 100 years earlier, in which fabric patches folded over paper templates were whip-stitched together to create precisely interlocking mosaic fields. Colonial Revival quiltmakers favored hexagon designs, but joined patches more quickly with running stitches. The French Wreath was adapted from needlepoint designs. The Embroidered quilt echoes early crewel motifs in updated twentieth-century colors. The Cottage Garden has its roots in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century chintz appliqué traditions.

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