In light of current events, I’ve found my mind turning to “Little House in the Big Woods” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. In the book, Laura and her family sewed and embroidered, alone in their home, carefully mending clothes and creating small items of beauty.
Despite its popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, Depression Lace today is generally categorized—and often dismissed—as folk embroidery.
The extensive embroidery collection at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, has provided me with endless inspiration for my own Hardanger embroidery projects.
Anna Anderson began her tablecloth on her journey from Norway to the United States. “My mother gave me the tablecloth when I was leaving, and told me that when I was feeling lonesome I should work on it," she recalled.
I developed this pattern after close examination of the artifact “latrine” hat excavated at the Fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada. Log in to reveal this subscriber-exclusive pattern.
The French named this soft and fluffy yarn and fabric and are believed to have invented it, as well, sometime during the eighteenth century.
During the Spanish flu pandemic, countless women (and presumably some men) worked together to sew tens of thousands of masks.