On Sunday, October 28th at 2 p.m., Phyllis Coombe and friends will explain the history of cross stitch, show examples and teach a small project at “Needle Arts from the Past for Today: Cross Stitch”
The program includes attendees learning how to do cross-stitch on Aida cloth with cotton embroidery floss and taking home a small project to complete. Free for Museum members, the fee for non members is $3, which includes all materials. Children ages 8 and up are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is essential so sufficient materials are available. Space is limited, so please call 985-7700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
About Cross stitch: Cross stitch is one of the oldest needle arts and still very popular today. Fragments of embroidered cloth have been found in tombs of early Egypt, however the importance of needlework as a decorative and historical artifact did not appear until the 11th century when William of Normandy invaded England in 1066. At the same time, workers in France recorded his victories in the Bayeux tapestry. It is not a sampler, but demonstrates the extraordinary skill of those who made it as it recorded a great deal about daily life in that time.
Women and young girls of the middle and upper classes were instructed in the art of needlework. These skills were necessary to “Mark” linens for the household and were used to teach the alphabet and numbers. Girls, and occasionally boys, as young as seven created some incredible samplers that survive in museums today. One basic stitch, the cross-stitch, was used to create these works. It is quickly learned and fun to stitch. In early days most stitching was done with silk or fine wool threads on linen. Today however, we can choose from a wider variety of threads and fabric backgrounds to create items that are practical and or decorative.