The embroideries of colonial Boston girls and women have long been treasured family possessions and are now much sought after by collectors. The charm and craftsmanship of the Adam and Eve samplers, pastoral pictures with leaping stags and galloping hunters, as well as crewelwork bed hangings and delicately embroidered baby caps bring to mind a warm domesticity; however, as a group they also reveal much about the lives of Boston women and their role within colonial society.
This is the third in a series of three exhibitions that focuses on the embroideries of colonial Boston and features embroidered furnishing textiles and fashionable accessories. The exhibition examines how Boston’s women and young ladies utilized the needlework skills they learned in their classes to decorate their homes and keep up with fashion.
Sponsored by Northern Trust.