Friday, April 17, 2015

An Afternoon at the Charleston Museum

In February, Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild convened at the Charleston Museum to go "Behind the Scenes" with Jan Hiester in the museum's fine textile collection. Jan knows us well because she brought out one beautiful specimen after another -- and she touched all the bases our members are especially interested in -- weaving, quilting, embroidery, knitting, rug hooking, clothing . . . you name it, they've got it.

Embroidered samplers carefully displayed for us on felt sheets.
Showing its age, but still a remarkable example of the classic Blooming Leaf pattern. Look carefully and you can see this coverlet was pieced in  three panels, each two pattern repeats wide.
Samples of needlepoint and the back of a quilt top.
We were excited to hear that Kate Larson, blogger for Interweave's Spinning Daily, had noticed our announcement of this program. She contacted us and asked if we could send pictures and a brief summary of our experience at the Museum. We were delighted to do so -- you can see Spinning Daily's blog post here

Big thanks go to Jan Hiester, curator of this extensive collection, for sharing with us some of the museum's treasures that aren't typically on display.