Behind the Scenes at the Charleston Museum
At the end of February, the Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild (South Carolina) had the unique opportunity to visit the textile collection at the Charleston Museum. Founded in 1773 and surviving both the American Revolution and the Civil War, the museum continues to share the story of the South Carolina coastal region. Today, the museum also includes a dedicated gallery space for textile exhibits. Take a look around the gallery.
Guild member Sandy Hutchinson said, "Curator Jan Hiester literally took us behind the exhibit space and showed us textile samples representing every fiber art we could think of-weaving, felting, quilting, embroidery, knitting, lace, hooked rugs, handmade toys, and of course, clothing and decorative items. The oldest items in the museum's collection date from the late 1700s."
One of the incredible textiles that Jan shared with the guild was featured on the museum's blog-an appliqué scene of Charleston "probably made by Martha Cannon Webb Logan around 1840." It depicts the seaport city in beautiful, mixed cloth pieces embroidered onto a long, 17-foot panel. To learn more about textile artifacts in the museum's collection, follow Textile Tuesdays on Tumblr.
|Museum visitors are invited to don hoops and dresses to get the feel of 1860s fashion. Photo courtesy of Sandy Hutchinson.|