Views Across the Loom: Horizontal Perspectives and the Development of Quiltmaking

Views Across the Loom: Horizontal Perspectives and the Development of Quiltmaking

The block-style, edge-to-edge geometry for which American quiltmaking is most famous developed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in communities and homes that relied on “homespun” for table and bed linens, and workaday garments. Along with agriculture and cooking, weaving constituted a major part of the pre-industrial economy, and looms were conspicuous features in many homes and home workshops. The horizontal perspective and close-up views common to home-weavers and anyone accustomed to looking across looms or at in-progress woven surfaces enhanced appreciation for the possibilities of right-angle intersections and the relationships between microcosm and macrocosm so dramatically animated by patchwork. Woven coverlets, quilts, and other textiles will testify to the generally overlooked connections between weaving (originally the province of men, who were trained in Europe’s master-apprentice tradition) and quiltmaking.

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Friday, May 1, 2020 to Sunday, September 27, 2020