Miniature Stitches, Extraordinary Women

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The miniature wicker chair with the flamestitch pattern cushion, stitched by Deanna Hall West. Photo by Joe Coca.  

20,000 pieces of miniature furniture. I have a difficult time imagining the scope of that, especially knowing that many of the pieces, consisting of English and American styles of furniture from the sixteenth century to the twentieth century, include hand-stitched pillows and chairs and linens. Can you even conceive what that must look like let alone the hours it took to collect, organize, and embellish all those miniature pieces?

 

Eloise Kruger was an extraordinary woman with a passion for miniatures. A passion yes, but she had knowledge, too. As she collected, she also studied architecture, visited and studied collections of various museums and galleries, and started a life-long friendship with the well-known miniature artist Eric Pearson. Eloise’s precious pieces now comprise the Kruger Collection of Miniature Furnishings and Decorative Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and over 2,000 objects have been digitized and are available for viewing online.

 

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  Peggy Taylor holding one of her chairs. Photo courtesy of Janet Vivian for the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts.

We’d like to pay tribute to this extraordinary woman and her collection by offering all the materials to create your own miniature inspired by the Chippendale chair in her collection that she embellished with finely wrought flamestitch embroidery.

 

In addition to seven colors of Silk Mori embroidery thread and silk gauze, we include a digital download of the whole September/October 2009 issue of PieceWork, which features the in-depth article about Eloise and her collection. My favorite part of the kit is the wicker chair made by another extraordinary woman: Peggy Taylor crafted each of these wicker chairs by hand.

 

Happy stitching!