About 180 miles from Leesburg, in the historic town of Bethlehem in northeastern Pennsylvania, the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts is exhibiting Stitched Together: Samplers from Past and Present through April 27, 2014. The museum explores needlework artists from yesterday and today and reflects on how their pieces affected decorative arts.
The exhibition features work by members of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America.
To quote from the curator: “Modern samplers complement and contrast needlework created by young girls living and educated in Bethlehem between 1810 and 1870. Through an examination of materials used in samplers, stitching methods, thematic content, and artistic development and license, the exhibit also discusses how the needlework affected gender, socioeconomics, education, family, and community roles.”
Lectures, demonstrations, and “sit and stitch” lessons by master craftspeople from the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Embroidery Guild of America will add value and perspective to the samplers and embroideries on display in the Kemerer Museum.