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Subject: looking for a vendor name and address From: "Judy Grow" 

At least a couple of years ago, and I can't remember if it was at the Lancaster show or the Mancuso Fort Washington show, I looked long and lovingly at a vendor's display of inlaid wooden jewelry boxes, (and other types of boxes). These boxes were made of bird's eye maple, or walnut, and exotic woods, and were inlaid in, what else, quilt patterns.

Now I am told that my DIL is hoping for a beautiful jewelry box for Christmas and I can't remember this vendor's name or contact information. Can anyone help? I've searched for a Vendor list from old brochures and I've searched the Mancuso web site, but I can't find any information. Anyone with an old show book could help me out and I'd be mighty grateful.

Judy in Ringoes, NJ judygrow@patmedia.net

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Subject: Free Copy of Catalogue to Historic Deerfield members From: Patricia L 

Several days ago, I had inquired about the museum exhibition catalogue for "Telltale Textiles" at Historic Deerfield. I was told that a (free) copy will be sent out to each member along with the annual report. As stated, one will also be able to purchase a copy/copies at the Museum Gift Shop.

Also, the museum will only be open on weekends from January to March, due to budgetary cutbacks. If you were thinking about supporting this fine museum by obtaining a membership, now would be a great time to consider it.

Pat Cummings

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Subject: Re: looking for a vendor name and address From: RAGLADY@aol.com 

Judy I don't know about Mancuso, but I did a Google search and turned up the following sites ...... Lovely jewelry boxes. http://www.alladd.com/largeboxes.htm http://custommarquetry.com/

http://www.woodmosaicsrobintucker.com/

The third URL is likely to split, so here's the "tiny url": > > http://tinyurl.com/ywxw HTH Gloria raglady@aol.com JudyGrow@patmedia.net writes: > Now I am told that my DIL is hoping for a beautiful jewelry box for > Christmas and I can't remember this vendor's name or contact information. > Can anyone help? I've searched for a Vendor list from old brochures and > I've searched the Mancuso web site, but I can't find any information. > Anyone with an old show book could help me out and I'd be mighty grateful. > > Judy in Ringoes, NJ > judygrow@patmedia.net

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Subject: electric Qs From: "Charlotte Bull" <charlou@mo-net.com> Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 11:50:05 -0600 X-Message-Number: 4

Hey, they called them electric blankets in the 1950s! Our Electric Quilts are now EQ software designs. Not affiliated, just saw the joke hiding in that!

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Subject: Another Request From: "Judy Grow" <JudyGrow@patmedia.net> Date: Fri, 

One of my clients remembers seeing another client framing a very large piece of vintage wallpaper.

Now she want would like to find an original era/vintage piece of William Morris fabric or paper to frame. She has searched e-bay and can't find anything. She wants something large.

Can any of you come up with something? Send me the jpg and I'll send it on to her with your information. She will contact you directly.

I don't take a commission or finder's fee. I get to do the framing!

Thanks

Judy in Ringoes, NJ judygrow@patmedia.net

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Subject: Re: Quilt Restoration DVDs From: "Nancy Kirk" 

A couple of people let me know ordering wasn't as easy as I thought it was -- I added a little language to the front page which should help.

Basically, just click the box by the DVD set, then go to the bottom on the page and click the ADD TO CART button there. It will take you over to the secure server to complete your order.

Or if you would rather, just call me at 800-398-2542. I'm out Friday afternoon and evening but will be in the office most of Saturday except for a short run to the bank and grocery store.

Yours,

Nancy Kirk The Kirk Collection www.kirkcollection.com

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Subject: Re: Another Request From: "Sally Ward" <sallytatters@ntlworld.com> 

> Now she want would like to find an original era/vintage piece of William > Morris fabric or paper to frame.

There is a business here in the UK called 'Ragbags' which specialises in recycled fabrics. Actually, its two ladies who live near me who started it as a hobby, and it mushroomed. They have a website at http://ena.brinkster.net/index.html

Much of their stock is everyday and fairly recent stuff, but they do have a personal interest in real vintage fabrics and have some lovely stuff 'under the counter' for the enthusiast, as well as a growing network of contacts. If you are looking for something special you could email them and ask them to look out for it.

Sally Ward

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Subject: Re: looking for a vendor name and address From: "avalon" 

The name you are looking for is Rob/Cheryl Nettleron, Eaton, New York. = I have a pin from the Vermont show and two ornaments as well. =20

There card says: "The wood patterns are produced from original American = patchwork quilt designs. The various wood quilt patterns are = constructed by the technique of parquetry. All of the vibrant wood = colors are natural wood tones. No stains or dyes are utilized. The = finest lumber from the four corners of the world is gathered and = fashioned into a particular patchwork motif.

Rob & Cheryl take pride in utilizing an ancient woodworking technique to = preserve a truly American artifact.=20

Mary in Wisconsin

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Subject: And in the "you learn something new every day" department... From: Kris 

Have you ever heard of a Golliwog? They are dolls of black fabric first made in the 19th century. The jury is out on whether or not they were intended to be racist at the time (see http://www.ferris.edu/news/jimcrow/golliwog/) but they are certainly viewed as such now.

I know this doesn't have anything to do with quilts, but it is a textile. Does anyone have a Golliwog?

Kris

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Subject: Re: And in the "you learn something new every day" department... From: 

Never owned one, but I've certainly seen them in 19th/early 20th century children's books. This includes two English children's Christmas annuals that belonged to my father in the 1920s. I didn't recall anything outrageously offensive about the character beyond its appearance, but I was more concerned with the adventures of Rupert the Bear and Willie the Whelk....

Lisa Evans Easthampton, MA

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Subject: Re: And in the "you learn something new every day" department... From: 

Kris, Check out any issue of Australian Patchwork and Quilting to see one. Since they are still being produced there, I wonder what their provenance is exactly.

Sharon McQuistion -

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Subject: Re: And in the "you learn something new every day" department... From: 

Another place where golliwogs appear: would you believe Claude Debussy wrote a piano piece called "The Golliwog's Cakewalk"?

No lie!

Lisa Evans

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Subject: Re: And in the "you learn something new every day" department... From: 

Regarding Golliwogs in Australia, I grew up with one as my favourite toy. Never in my lifetime were they meant to be racist. I believe the concept is from England, and I also believe there was no more to having a Golliwog doll that there is to owning a doll today that is not coloured PINK.

When the world became PC, Gollys had to change their name to Rascals. It didn't work though, and as someone rightly said, check the Oz mags and you will find any number of Golly classes, and patterns available.

There was a specific outfit that Golly's wore. Also that may have some significance.

I am not a Golly historian, and I am sure there will be someone out there who knows better than me.

Sally in the UK, do you have any more to add? I know there is a British Jam (preserves) company (Blackwell's???) who has, or had, a Golly as their marketing emblem.

Lorraine in Oz

PS and while I have the time, and you are all there, HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU AND YOURS. :o)))

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Subject: Re: And in the "you learn something new every day" department... From: 

That's very comprehensive history of the Golliwog. But not at all new to those of us who grew up with English children's books and Noddy and Big Ears.

here in Oz, they never really had a large anti-racism backlash about Golliwogs. I think it was because we never saw them as representing black people in any way but rather as a kind of children's loveable toy.

There are many of them still being sold as vintage toys and many who collect them. In the quilting world , we see them regularly as projects on quilts and certainly I know of one or two designers who whole ranges of Golliwog quilts. As an aside, in that link, there was mention of the word 'wog', that is a word that was widely sued and offensive. we used it for Italians and Greeks.. even though we believe it originally came from an acronym for Wise Oriental gentleman and was there fore more appropriate for Asians.

But now, the second and third generation of Greeks and Italians seemed to proudly use the word for them. We have had comedy shows and a movie called The Wog Boy. In it they refer to Anglo-Saxon Australians as 'Skips" from Skippy the kangaroo. Language and images are a changeable thing>

Suzy Atkins

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Subject: Re: qhl digest: December 12, 2003 From: Pat Kyser 

Re: Golliwogs -- I am part of a small local quilt group of whom most of the members (50-60 years) are originally from England. They all have and cherish golliwogs. Pat in Alabama

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Subject: The Robertson's Golly From: "Sally Ward" <sallytatters@ntlworld.com> 

The Robertson's Golly had a high profile in the UK during my childhood. On the label of every jar of jam was a Golly token. Collect a given number and you could send off for your Golly badge...and there were many different badges depicting Golly doing different things. Rather as quilters collect guild pins, British children avidly collected Golly playing tennis, riding a bike, baking cakes.......oh I don't know, you think of it Golly did it. Along with the badges there were Golly dolls. He was very distinctive with, I think, something like blue jacket and red trousers and a bow tie. It all seemed very innocent.

Then along game the 50s and 60s immigration drive from to bring workers from the British colonies to fill jobs for which there were not sufficient workers here. Shiploads of British citizens with black skins arrived and took jobs which no-one else would. You have to bear in mind that most people in the UK had never seen a black person, and here they were arriving by the boatload and 'taking our jobs' (forget that no-one wanted to do these jobs - bus driving, working on the London Underground, nursing...). Suddenly racism arrived on our shores in its ugliest form and the new arrivals who thought they would be welcomed found themselves in a cold and often threatening country. Some of the commonest terms of abuse used at the time (I presume like 'nigger' in the US) were 'Sambo', from a children's book depicting a character called Little Black Sambo (who most people forget was actually extremely clever) and 'Wog'. I think that 'Wog' actually originated from a term of abuse for those of Arab descent (see, we have a bad history in that respect) but with the familiarity of the black, afro-haired Golly, it was not surprising that Wog was also used as a shortening of Golliwog to abuse the new arrivals.

I did a Google search on Robertson's Golly to find out when he was ditched, and was surprised to find it was as late as 2001. There's an article from the Guardian newspaper at http://www.guardian.co.uk/netnotes/article/0,6729,541371,00.html which credits the creation of Golly to a book written in 1895 by an American. James Robertson brought back the idea of Golly as a mascot after visiting the States. There are a lot of interesting links on this site related to Golly and his history.

Probably more than you wanted to know <G>

Sally W

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Subject: Re: And in the "you learn something new every day" department... From: 

HI there. Living in southern England, I see the Golliwog dolls for sale in the antique stores and auctions all the time. My English friends tell me the dolls were never intended as racists, just another toy, but the current tide in Politically Correctness has made the dolls unacceptable. The Golliwogs were printed on everything, like the American's had the Aunt Jemima.

An American Quilter, Lisa Langlais, Marchwood, England

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Subject: Golliwog history From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> Date: Sat, 13 

In the late 1890s when the British occupied Alexandria, Egypt, native workers were called Ghuls and wore armbands bearing the initials WOGS [Working on Government Service]. British troops began calling these workers Golliwogs. When dolls began representing them, they appeared as souvenirs and were taken back to England where the name remained. In 1895 Florence Upton begain writing her popular children's series about Golliwoggs [note double g]; the first book was Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwogg. Food producer Robinson adopted them as the advertising symbol for its marmalade. 1911-16 -- Steiff produced these dolls renamed Gow. This was followed by other commercial toymakers producing similar dolls with similar names. Golliwogs were in production until 1925 though fascimiles continued on. - From Coleman's The Encyclopedia of Dolls.

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Subject: Re: And in the "you learn something new every day" department... From: 

I don't have a Golliwog, but in an issue of an Australian Quilting magazine which I don't have any longer, there was an advertisement for a pattern for a quilted Golliwog. I was really surprised when I saw it.

Judy White

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Subject: Re: Golliwog history From: "Maurice Northen" <3forks@highstream.net> 

Leader Joan has come to the front with the historical answers. It isn't everyday, except on Vintage Fabrics, or Quilt History what we learn such important lessons. Thank you one and all. Joan of the South 

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Subject: Re: And in the "you learn something new every day" department... From: 

Lisa, did you take piano lessons? I had to learn that piece on the piano a hundred years ago.

Judy White

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Subject: : Golliwog history From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> Date: Sat, 13 

TX Joan -- anyone can be knowledgable when they have the right books to copy from :-D Sally had some great information about these dolls also.

Maurice Northen wrote:

>Leader Joan has come to the front with the historical answers. It isn't >everyday, except on Vintage Fabrics, or Quilt History what we learn such >important lessons. >Thank you one and all. >Joan of the South > > > >

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Subject: Golliwog From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessen@yahoo.com> Date: Sat, 13 

Sheesh, I guess I am the only one who had never heard of Golliwogs. I must lead a sheltered life. I did look up the golliwogs cakewalk, though, and found it here: http://www.bellflowerstringquartet.com/clips/Debussy_Golliwogs_Cakewalk.MP3

Kris

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Subject: Re: : Golliwog history From: Jccullencrew@aol.com Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2003 

This is a most fascinating topic. As I recall, at my in-laws house (former British citizens), golliwog was used as a term of endearment when someone was doing something mischevious (not bad) or devilish as in "you wee golliwog".

In my own house, Little Black Sambo was a favorite book as a child. Fact is, I still have it and feel like I should hide it because of the negative connotation it has taken on today. However, it was just a story back then with no deep, dark sinister meaning to a young child. But as someone has already said, times change and in some ways, not always for the better.

I think I'll go find my old book and give it a read. Then I'll give my 10 year old grandson a chance to read it and see what he makes of it. I'm curious to see how and if our perspectives differ after 50 plus years.

Thanks to those of you who found this information and shared it with all of us. This is a great group to learn the many sides of quilting history.

Carol

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Subject: Golliwogs From: "JG Kane" <jgkane84@hotmail.com> Date: Sat, 13 Dec 

Yes I had a golliwog as a child, in the 1950's, and he was much loved! He was traditionally dressed in red, white and blue, with a red tail coat, bowtie, and blue/white striped trousers.His body was a sort of soft cotton twill .There was nothing scary, or racist about the golliwogs I knew and loved. The anti-racist feeling was creeping in in the 70's,which I found sad, and in 79 I made sure my new daughter had a golly because they are such comfoting, cuddly toys - simply rag dolls, with dark skin.My husband remembers them in the 30's, although they weren't around in toy shops because of war shortages. Of course they are the ideal home-made doll, and Tamsin's was a knitted golliwog. Now they are for sale in shops stocking 'traditional' toys, but they are referred to as 'gollys'. Its rather a shame, I think, that they have lost their full name, which children rejoice in, and never, in my experience, used in a derogative way.( My daughter used to get stuck in the middle, so she had a degolligolligolliwog.)

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Subject: Woodworking address From: Judy Knorr <jknorr@optonline.net> Date: Sat, 

Judy, I looked in some of my old programs from Lancaster and found the is information to contact Robert Nettleton about the jewelry boxes:

Robert R. Nettleton Windblown Square 5798 Main Street Eaton, NY 13334 315-684-9489

Hope this helps. It's from the 1998 program.

Judy Knorr

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Subject: Re: And in the "you learn something new every day" department... From: 

Yep, ten years of piano. I don't play anymore, but I sing in an early music choir....:)

Lisa Evans

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Subject: 19th century poetry and prose From: <mreich@attglobal.net> Date: Sun, 

We are having the most beautiful snowfall in Connecticut. The Christmas music is playing to set the mood for my cookie baking marathon. On this day when the world is a better place to live, I hope you all enjoy this very sweet poem about the quilt Mother Earth gives to us. Peace to her and all of you. sue reich Trenton Times Trenton, New Jersey January 26, 1886

Four Bedquilts.

Four bedquilts are ready to fold and spread On Mother Earth’s old trundle bed. The first, a brown and white old thing, She puts on in the early spring. The summer one is green and bright, With daisies nodding left and right. And then when winds begin to blow, She spreads a red quilt on, you know. She sews it through with yellow thread; It makes an autumn-leaf bedspread. And by and by, all in a night, She spreads her quilt of snowy white.

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Subject: Studying Quilts From: "Jean Carlton" <jeancarlton@att.net> Date: Sun, 14 

Eva, The state 'search' or documentation books are another good study tool. = Lots of historical and regional information and a wonderful variety of = quilts to study - though I must agree that there is no substitute for = gazing at the real thing in person. A list of those books is found at = http://www.quilthistory.com/state.htm  Jean

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Subject: Patriotic cotton prints From: "Candace Perry" 

I'm specifically interested in prints that were made during the Civil War period. A note that was attached to a quilt we have says that the print used, which has a cannon, soldier, flag and cannon balls included in it, was sold during the war for $1.00 a yard. I'm curious as to whether CW atribution is good or if it actually might be a centennial piece. It's a good old Berk CO. PA quilt. Candace Perry Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center

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Subject: Re: Patriotic cotton prints From: <chrisa@jetlink.net> Date: Mon, 15 

Hi Candace,

I have that fabric in a Mass. c. 1870 quilt, but it doesn't have the soldier, just the cannons, with stacked balls, and flags. Barbara Brackman shows the quilt and a close-up of the fabric in her first CW Quilts book. I bought it from a New England dealer who said it was a CW quilt with commemorative fabric in it and Barbara said the fabric was one of only a few made specifically to commemorate the CW. She dated the quilt circa 1870, but the fabric would likely date earlier.

There is a somewhat older book about a PA textile collection or exhibit, but I can't recall which one, which shows the fabric you are talking about, made into a little girl's dress. It is pictured in this book.

Wishing happy and safe holidays to all of you. May peace reign over all regions this season.

Kim Wulfert www.antiquequiltdating.com

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Subject: Re: Patriotic cotton prints From: "Candace Perry" 

Kim, thanks so much for your quick reply! It is a big help. Candace

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Subject: http://www.quilthistoryteachers.com From: Kris Driessen 

This came up on another list, so I thought I would remind all our members too.

I made web pages for any of our members who taught anything at all having to do with quilts or quilt history. You can see them at http://www.quilthistoryteachers.com 

The blurb I wrote for it says, "The teachers and lecturers who are listed here have expertise in one or more areas dealing with quilts and quilt history. You will find those who are qualified to give lectures and/or workshops, including; authors, designers, historians, and more. Each with the love of quilts and quilting, and the desire to share their knowledge with others. Listings are submitted by the teachers themselves and are sorted into categories based on their general geographic area."

If you feel you would fit into one of these categories and would like me to add your listing, just send me the information. (You don't have to be a member of the Quilt History list, truthfully.) If you don't have a web page and would like one, I will do that too. There is NO CHARGE for this, I consider it a benefit to the quilting community. Besides, when people click on the Google Ads, I make money:-)) As long as I break even, I am happy.

Please don't be shy about sending me your information. Every little iota of information about you and your teaching abilities that is out there on the Internet can only be to your benefit.

Kris

 

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