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Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2001 10:10:00 -0500
From: "Kris Driessen, QuiltBus.com" <oldquiltalbanyweb.com>

We have had two new articles contributed recently. Please check out 

Short Introduction to Period Quilting and The Alliance for American 
Partnerships Launching Quilts onto Center Stage, both reachable from 
Articles page at http://www.quilthistory.com/articles.htm

If you would like to contribute something - even something small, 
like a 
picture - just send it to me at this address. You never know when 
tiny bit of information may be just the confirmation a researcher 

(List Mom)


Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2001 07:57:21 -0800
From: "Laurette Carroll" <rj.carrollverizon.net>


Does anyone have a reference for an *exact date* for the beginning of
the weighting of silk fabrics.??

We know that it was before 1880 because of the many dated Crazy 
with shredding silk fabrics, but I can't find a reference for an 

Laurette Carroll
Southern California

Look to the Future with Hope


Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2001 10:17:02 -0600
From: "quilt97" <quilt97prodigy.net>

Does anyone know who is the author of the following poem?



Little bits of fabric sewn into a quilt
Form a warm and loving blanket
from which memories are built.
And when you seek peace and comfort
in the quiet of the night.
It will keep you warm and snug
until the morning's light.
(Author: unknown)


Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2001 17:03:07 -0600
From: Xenia Cord <xecordnetusa1.net>

With regard to the painting of the Virgin Mary shown with a spinning
wheel, I can only say - whoops! Anacronisms can creep in, especially
when the creator is operating in a field in which he/she is not well

That said, how were threads for woven textiles made? My 
is that most early thread (I'm talking BC here) was created by hand
spinning. Consider, for instance, the fine linen drapings of the 
Egyptians, and the fabrics used to wrap mummies. The principle is 
same whatever technique is used: the fibers are twisted together to
make a continuous strand. "Thigh spinning," hand spinning, and wheel
spinning all rely on the same action - the twisting of the fibers.
Thigh spinning was practiced by the early Greeks, according to 
(Traditional Toys & Tools of Needlework). Workers protected their
thighs by wearing a leather or terra cotta shield that curved over 
thigh, and the fibers were rolled by hand and friction against the

Other spinners used a drop spindle. Same techique: the tool 
of a weighted "whorl" of wood or rock, with a hole drilled through 
center. A stick or spindle (see where the word comes from?) fitted
through that hole and allowed the weight to rest at the bottom of the
stick. A spin of the spindle would create the twisting motion needed 

twist the fibers held in the spinner's hand. When she had spun a 

that allowed the spindle to drop from her hands to the ground, she
stopped, wound the finished thread on the spindle, and began again.

Flax wheels and wool wheels are more elaborate versions of the drop
spindle, and do the same thing. The use of a wheel for this activity
dates in Europe from the 1500s, according to Whiting, and from about 

AD in India.

Discussion, please <g>.


Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2001 20:07:46 EST
From: Trimble4aol.com

Whew, Xenia!! I'm impressed!! You are just a WEALTH of information!

Well done! <g>

Lori in NE Mass.


Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2001 20:17:23 EST
From: Trimble4aol.com

I just want to second Cinda's comments about this book. It IS 
Even better, I had the privilege of spending a lovely Saturday 
afternoon last 
weekend with Pam Worthen (of this list) and I got to see some of 
these fine 
quilts in person. We also took in the hat exhibit at the Textile 
(quickly though, the quilts were waiting!). The Connecticut exhibit 
ongoing at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA, and is worth 
the time to see. Many of the quilts are just perfect...even now. My 
absolute favorite was the Star with Baskets by Henrietta Smith 
Lori in NE Mass...but not for long!


Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2001 17:17:50 -0800
From: "nms" <nmsjps.net>

Sorry for the late post regarding the American Needlework book and 
I have an extra copy of this book complete with the patterns I would 
willing to part with. Anyone interested, please email me privately.
Nance Searle


Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2001 20:06:50 -0800
From: Gail Ingram <GIngramtcainternet.com>

I wish to give the state project books from Conn. and Wisconsin as 
Amazon lists WS book as a "hard to find" item and the CT one as not 

Any suggestions?

Gail Ingram

Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2001 22:27:14 -0500
From: "J. G. Row" <judygrowrcn.com>

Many painters in all ages clothed their subjects in their 
clothing and set them in their contemporary landscapes. It is not 
to see Herod's soldiers in
medieval armor with turreted castles in the landscapes behind them. 
the Virgin pictured at a spinning wheel is in the same tradition. 
Women who
were always protrayed as good and virtuous. What better way to 

almost everything you ever wanted to know about spinning, with 

another nice site that shows how a drop spindle was used.

I am reading Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's "The Age of Homespun," a recent
book. In it, she states that it took 8 to 10 spinners to keep a 
weaver in
and that spinning was learned very early in childhood. In New 
where "any man might own land, cloth-making was an extension of 
Since very few could afford (though many lusted after) imported 
spinning for the greedy loom was a constant occupation.

In the pre-Revolutionary period in New England over 20 % of families 
looms, but almost 75 % had spinning wheels. Which meant that 
(usually) the
daughters of the
households spun and then the weaving of that yarn was often done by 
artisan neighbor.

Many New England women met in spinning meetings as a way to protest 
English stamp tax and as part of their boycott of imported goods. 
demonstrations there would be contests to see who could spin the most 
and then the yarn would be given to the local pastor for the support 
of his
family or the local poor. Many of these were like quilting bees in 
they were groups of people who worked to benefit a single person or

The 1810 census told that all classes except "transient or marginal" 
wove. In Topsham, Maine, 88 percent of households made cloth, 
although only
just over half owned looms. This held true throughout New England. 
families did not produce much more than they could consume 
although many used their homespun and woven textiles to purchase 
imported textiles. In the year before the revolution, in New London, 
locally woven unfulled wool called flannel could be brought to the 
store and traded for printed calico, lace, broadcloth. One woman 
brought in
9 yards of flannel she had woven as a down payment on copperplate bed
curtains which put her more than 4 pounds in debt.

The American Museum of Textile History, in Lowell, MA has a most 
collection of spinning wheels, beautifully displayed! I wondered at 
number of them there, (hundreds) but after reading Ulrich I 
understand how
so many survived to be displayed. They were in almost every home!

Judy in Ringoes, NJ


Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2001 07:55:23 -0500
From: Newbie Richardson <pastcraftserols.com>

I echo Xenia's recommendation of Elizabeth Wayland Barber's
"Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years/Women, Cloth, and Society in 
Early Times,
"  It is the story of archaeology from a woman's 
(weaver) point of view! It reads like a novel. It does for archaeology what
"The Mists of Avalon" did for the Arthurian legend - a very fresh 
point of view!

I know that spinners used whatever was at hand for their craft. In
Eastern Europe, girls used a turnip, a beet, or a potato as their
"weight" in drop spinning way through the 19th century in the
undeveloped countyside. Spinning wheels were "high tech"!

Another good read on this topic is: "A Midwife's Tale" by Laura
Thatcher Uhler.
She narrates the late 18th century diary of Martha
Ballard from Maine. You get a very true sense of how women had a
parallel economy that relied on bartering of skills and tools. For
instance one gal would trade warping a loom ( a really ornerous task)
for use of the neighbor's brick oven.
Drop spinning did not stop with the invention of the spinning 
as it was so very portable!


Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2001 08:57:28 -0500
From: "Jan Drechsler" <quiltdocsover.net>

Gail, Did you check our list mom for the Connecticut book? If not, 
should go there first for all your history book needs before feeding 
book giants Amazon, etc.

OK Kris, you can send me my free lollypop for the PR <grin>. Kris 
has a
great collection of books at www.HickoryHillQuilts.com/heritage.htm 
Jan Drechsler in Vermont
Quilt Restoration; Quilting teacher


Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 06:35:53 -0800 (PST)
From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessenyahoo.com>

Thanks, Jan. I do have the CT book in stock - it's $29.95 - and
worth twice as much, quite honestly.

I put my husband in charge of looking for the Wisconsin Quilt Search
book today. Ironically, he is from the same area as the author, but
he doesn't know her:-((

Anything else y'all would like us to look for? I don't mind giving
my husband something to do, other that putting up Christmas lights. 
The weather has been gorgeous for this time of year, and he has
dragged out and put up every light we ever bought and even bought
more! UFO's could use our house as a landing guide. It's kinda
nice, though. 



Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 11:44:26 -0500
From: mreichattglobal.net

The Wisconsin book is being published by Howell Press from Virginia. 
I think
they are online. If not Joan Knight at the Virginia Quilt Museum in
Harrisonburg, VA can give you their number.
Other than the publisher of Quilts and Quiltmaker Covering 
Kris may be the only source right now for purchasing it. About 5,000 
were printed. It is going out in the spring catalog of Schiffer. 
CQSP was
able to make the first 1500 copies available earlier. Good luck, sue 


Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 11:37:46 -0500
From: "Teddy Pruett" <Aprayzerhotmail.com>

<<With regard to the painting of the Virgin Mary shown with a 
wheel, I can only say - whoops! >>

Oh yez, oh yezz........I know we all were just dying to spin a few 
hundred yards of thread within hours of childbirth..........Teddy 


Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 13:03:05 -0500
From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawleydmv.com>
To: "QHL" <QHLcuenet.com>

A few days ago somebody mentioned the quilt exhibit in Auburn, NY. 
I'd like
to know more about it (name, location, dates, a contact).
Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 11:54:33 -0800 (PST)
From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessenyahoo.com>
To: QHLcuenet.com

We did track down the publisher - Howell Press, just like Sue
said:-)) Apparently they took over EPM three years ago. I ordered
the Wisconsin book so if you would like one, please give us a call at
888-817-6577. If there are any left, I will put it on the website



Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2001 16:50:49 -0800
From: Gail Ingram <GIngramtcainternet.com>

How could anyone be a Scrooge and a member of QHL?

To everyone who replied to my query re the WS and the CT quilt books, 

Most especially for the educational reminders about shopping the 
store first!



Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 18:36:36 EST
From: JQuiltaol.com

in the december 2001 issue of New England Antiques Journal there a 
fold layout in color of quilts...i don't even want to mention what is 
in the article about the pictured blocks and quilts...but suffice to 
say...the myth grows and grows...if you go to 
and look at the cover of the issue... in the bottom right hand corner 
is the 
title and sub title of the article about quilts...


Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2002 14:13:24 -0500
From: "pepper cory" <pepcorymail.clis.com>

After last week's round of computer viruses that compelled me to 
employ a
computer-literate friend to clean out my machine, I was inspired to 
shovel out the studio. Came across a legal box full of reprints of 
Dutch Girl Publications. They begin with her initial offering in 
December 76
and goes through at least four months of 83. Little Dutch Girl was 
Edna Van
Das, who, judging from her ediorial stance and slap-dash writing and 
style, must have been quite a character. Anyone out there familar 
Little Dutch Girl? Am wondering if there were publications after 83 
or if
I've got the set. They were given to me by Dar Roberts, since 
deceased, of
Quilting Books Unlimited years ago.
Pepper Cory