Chester County, PA Historical Society Needlework Exhibit-A Must See!
Yesterday I visited the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester, PA. I have been here before for quilt exhibits. Currently on display is a large collection of samplers and other needlework. Many were done at the West Town School, a Quaker school.
The most fascinating items to me were the needlework globes. They were used as a way to teach needlework, geography, and astronomy. Most are the earth but one on display was a celestial globe. These are extremely rare items. There is a combination of stitching and inking to draw and label the continents. Lots of details, these works are really amazing.
There were other related items on display. Sewing roll-ups, sewing bags, pillowcases and linens.
Hopefully these photos will give you incentive to take a trip to West Chester, PA. There are probably 150 samplers on display. If you are local, you gotta go!
I picked up this book in the gift shop. Very nice book about quilt documentation in Chester County. Lots of photos.