Colonial Williamsburg has announced a conference entitled: Stitching Together a National Identity to be held Monday, March 15 to Wednesday, March 17, 2015. Here is CW’s description:
American home furnishings, quilts, needlework, and clothing reflect great diversity and regional variations. Many factors influenced distinct regional characteristics including the ethnic origins of the makers, trade and migration patterns, influential teachers and artists, geography, and even climate. This symposium explores these regional variations in American textiles of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries and the forces that molded them. Through a series of formal lectures and juried papers, the symposium will address the question of what is American in American quilts, clothing, and needlework; provide updates on the latest research techniques and databases; and dispel myths about homespun and Yankee thrift.
32 speakers have been announced, including Kimberly Smith Ivey of Colonial Williamsburg, who many members met on our last field trip there, and Susan P. Schoelwer, who was the Loudoun Sampler Guild’s speaker in November 2014.
Full information on the program, fees, and lodging options can be found at:
or Search “Colonial Williamsburg” and “Stitching Together”