This lecture will be offered three times during the week, you can attend at any time that fits your schedule as part of the lecture pass. No need to pick a time or day if you purchase lecture pass you have admittance to any of the lectures provided by any of the teachers offering a lecture listed.
- Friday, 10:00am – 11:00am
- Saturday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
With the lecture pass you can sit in as many times as you like or half a class and continue where you left off in the next scheduled class. Hand stamp is required for each day!
The fact that needlework styles, fabrics, and trends change is not new. This lecture will share with you the creativity of counted thread pieces worked on specific "fabric" that was once very popular but is almost forgotten today. Between 1850 and 1870 the most popular needlework pastime for children and adults was stitching on perforated paper.
The era of the counted thread linen sampler, with designs worked in cotton or silk on fine fabrics, began to wind down about 1850. By 1870, brightly colored German wools were being used on needlepoint canvas for Berlin work patterns of flowers, animals, and geometric designs. These two types of needlework are very different. Do you ever wonder what happened to bridge the gap between these two well-known types of needlework? Perforated paper, also known as Bristol card, was invented. Perforated paper was a cardboard punched with evenly spaced holes and sold in sheets. Perforated paper could be used for counted thread design, for needlepoint design, and for printed design. By 1860 perforated paper was the common “fabric” for needlework because it was easy to find, affordable, and fun to work with. Bristol card allowed for new types of design, offering different creative options that were not successful on fabric or canvas. Stitchers began to choose paper over fabric, magazines offered counted thread paper projects, and designers began to offer printed pieces.
This lecture focuses on one type of perforated paper needlework – the counted thread pieces. You will see traditional samplers from Claudia’s extensive collection of perforated paper pieces, many with stitching just as detailed as seen in linen sampler. Some of the samplers reveal history about the maker, and Claudia will share those stories with you. One distinctive and unique type of needlework, designed specifically to be worked on paper, is called Canvas Lacework.
Claudia will also share Lacework pieces from her collection.
In this lecture you will learn something new that you did not know about the history of perforated paper. You will see amazing technique and creativity in antique counted thread pieces that you did not know was possible. Come join Claudia at Celebration and enjoy the wonderful creativity of the stitcher’s who worked their forgotten stitches on perforated paper.
Please bring a magnifier – for sampler viewing