Thursday, 13 May 2010
One of my favourite authors is George Eliot alias Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880). And I suppose if I had to confess one book near to my heart it is the story of the weaver Silas Marner whose love of gold is one day redeemingly replaced by love for humankind when an orphaned child arrives on his doorstep. He named the child Eppie and a niece of ours is called after her. This cloth with its spinner, jolly French piper and dancing group (can you hear the sound of their clogs pounding the earth?) in the collection of Nuneaton Museum (Warwickshire) is believed to have been stitched by Mary Ann and her school friends. Warwickshire Museums also have a small sampler collection to explore - just click here.
Posted by N E E D L E P R I N T at 22:40