Mary Polityka Bush


Inspired by Jane Austen: A Regency-Era Doll Dress to Sew and Embroider

Jane Austen, who never married, had no children of her own. As a doting aunt, Jane is likely to have lavished attention on her numerous nieces and nephews, in particular her older brother Edward’s firstborn daughter, Fanny, who was her favorite niece.

A Huck Towel to Embroider

With its vibrant, geometric designs, the huck towel is a colorful icon of mid-twentieth-century kitchens.

The Traditional Red Embroidery of the Slavic People

Embroidery, one of the foremost Slavic folk arts, was so revered that it was mentioned in folktales, songs, and proverbs.

Discover the Three-Dimensional Beauty of Casalguidi Embroidery

Casalguidi embroidery is a distinctive three-dimensional form of needlework, which is worked in neutral colors and mimics sculpted marble.

Church Dolls: Seen but Not Heard

Church dolls were little more than a man’s handkerchief or other fabric square gathered around a ball of cotton placed in the center to represent a head, with two corners knotted to create arms and hands.

Discover the Beauty of Art Silk Embroidery

With its focus on meticulous, true-to-life interpretations of natural subject matter, silk art embroidery was popular in America from 1877 to 1907.