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May 3 2011 Tatting Newsletter

"The Urge to Embellish" is a feeling often felt by tatters. Just the sight of glowing threads or shuttles or a new book of patterns starts our fingers itching and making winding movements. Tatters and visitors to the Midwest this year will be able to enjoy an entire exhibit of embellished items at the Illinois State Museum Collection

The items were made predominantly by non-professional artists. The exhibition is comprised of 2- and 3-dimensional pieces decorated with beads, ceramic, feathers, fibers, human hair, metal, papier-mâché, porcelain and wood. This exhibition will be open through October 2, 2011.

The Illinois State Museum is located at 502 S. Spring Street (the corner of Spring and Edwards Streets) in Springfield, and is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is available nearby, and the building is ADA accessible.

Tatters who attended the 2009 Palmetto Tat Days in South Carolina will recall the museum booklet which was given to all participants. In the magazine was displayed the Museum’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition Crazy Quilt. As part of the preparation for the Scholarship Fundraiser Crazy Quilt, we were all inspired by this quilt, attributed to a miner named Leonard F. Mitchell. It was made of many fabrics and embellishments including persons and events associated with the 1893 Exposition.

For more information:
Karen Witter, Associate Museum Director, 217-782-7011, kwitter@museum.state.il.us
Jim Zimmer, ISM Lockport Gallery Director, 815-838-7400, jzimmer@museum.state.il.us
Doug Carr, Museum Photographer

The Illinois State Museum promotes discovery, learning, and an appreciation of Illinois’ natural, cultural, and artistic heritage. The Museum’s extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs that tell the story of the land, life, people, and art of Illinois.

For those on the east coast, Greencastle, PA's Allison-Antrim Museum has an exhibit of Antique Lace from the collection of Shirley Baker, State Line, Pennsylvania. This intriguing display highlights items that would have been prominent at an old-fashioned wedding in the Ozark mountains. The museum is located at 365 South Ridge Avenue.

Tatters in the New England area will be interested in the textile holdings of the Armenian Library and Museum of America, 65 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472 (617) 926-2562. As well as rugs and costumes there are many examples of embroidery and needle laces.

Tatters in the San Francisco Bay Area should not miss a trip to LACIS. This marvelous supplier of all things tatters and other needle artists need, also sponsors a Museum of Lace and Textiles. 2982 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94703. If you are too far away to stop by easily, you can enjoy a wonderful slide show online. http://lacismuseum.org/exhibit/Embroidery/slideshow/

For the European tatters and all lovers of lace, try a trip to the Sheelin Antique Irish Lace Museum, Bellanaleck, Co. Fermanagh, N. Ireland, BT92 2BA (rosemary.cathcart@virgin.net Tel: +44 (0)28 66348 052.) Featured are Irish Crochet Lace, Youghal Needlelace, Inishmacsaint Needlelace, Carrickmacross Lace and Limerick Lace. Museum open 10am-6pm April-Oct.

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