Behind the Scenes at the Charleston Museum

 

 

Curator Jan Hiester showed the group a fragment of a woven coverlet in the Cup and Saucer pattern, created circa 1839. She says, "Our provenance indicates it was 'woven by slaves on a southern plantation.'"  Photo courtesy of Kayleigh Osborne.
The guild was able to see a wide range of textiles from the collection. The crocheted slippers shown here were made by Mrs. William McKinley for John Sanford in 1888. Photo courtesy of Kayleigh Osborne.

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.


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