Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Peabody Essex Museum

A good friend gave me a delicious book, Painted with Thread: The Art of American Embroidery, published by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. It is volume 136 in a series featuring their museum collections. The museum has more than 25,000 American textile items. The ones shown in this book are from an exhibition that showed items to the public for the first time.
The format of the book is perfect for the study of work when you can't go and see the real thing. Each of the 68 works has a 2 page spread, a full page close up of the work and a page giving details and background on it.
I have put this museum on my 'must see' list.
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