Monday 16 August 2010

With Needle and Brush: Schoolgirl Embroidery from the Connecticut River Valley * 2 October 2010 - 30 January 2011 * Florence Griswold Museum * Old Lyme CT

This looks like a gem of an exhibition - certainly not to be missed if you can possibly help it. The Connecticut River Valley was one of the most important centers in America for the teaching and production of embroidered pictures by girls and young women in private academies during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. As the first exhibition to examine the subject of Connecticut River Valley needlework in depth, With Needle and Brush contributes to the understanding of the traditions of needlework and provides insight into the nature of women’s schooling before the advent of widespread public education. Guest-curated by needlework experts Carol and Stephen Huber, this exhibition of approximately sixty embroideries, watercolor sketches, and portraits will draw extensively on works from private collections, many never before shown publicly.
The exhibition illuminates the evolution of needleworking techniques as well as tracing the distinctive styles and subjects associated with the mistresses of various girls’ schools throughout the Connecticut River Valley. For more details, just click here.


  1. I live in the Hudson River Valley which is about 60 miles from the Connecticut River valley. I would have missed this showing if not for Needleprint. Thank you so much for posting this info--I'll be going with fellow stitching friends for certain this fall.

    GREAT JOB!!!

  2. i am so excitied that i will be attending this event with 3 great friends. i am counting the days till i get on the plane and walk into that wonderful place.