July 31, 2014 |
Yards of yarn, goose feathers by the fistful, even a few cowrie shells - with these and more, Vera Nakonechny painstakingly re-creates a past that is quickly slipping away. The folk artist known for her stunning headdresses, as well as beautiful beadwork, weaving, and embroidery - all rooted in the traditions of her beloved Ukraine - is one of the few links to that country's rich heritage. "A lot of this art has been lost," Nakonechny, 66, says, her eyes filling with tears. She sits in the front room of her modest Oxford Circle home/studio/gallery, overtaken with looms used to weave patterns of yore.
December 2, 2011
PARIS - Francois Lesage, the heir of the legendary Maison Lesage embroidery atelier which has long been embellishing Paris couture houses' most fantastic creations, died yesterday. He was 82 years old. Founded by Lesage's father, Maison Lesage worked for the creme de la creme of early 20th-century designers, including Vionnet and Elsa Schiaparelli. The house of Lesage became the go-to spot for designers looking for exceptional work. Under Lesage's leadership, the house acquired such prestigious clients as Dior, Givenchy, Balenciaga and Christian Lacroix.
February 14, 1986 |
Many varieties of textiles have become popular with collectors. Lace, embroideries and costumes from all cultures are beginning to appear at antiques shows and galleries, along with such traditionally popular items as samplers, quilts and Navaho blankets. New methods of backing and framing make it possible to use fragile textiles as wall hangings. Age alone is not what makes a textile attractive to collectors. Examples from primitive cultures are often desirable, although they are not as old as, say, European needlework and tapestry.
October 25, 1992 |
Some craft with a chisel, others with a brush. Mary-Lou Giacomelli creates with a sewing machine. And for a woman who took up embroidery only a year or so ago, the Medford Lakes resident shows precocious talent. In August, she placed first in a national embroidery contest conducted by the Embroiderers Guild of America with a work keyed to the contest theme of the European discovery of the New World, the first competition she had ever entered. Her design was a stylized 5-by-7-inch, red-and-gold Spanish cross on which 37 words were embroidered.
April 9, 1986 |
Marmaduke Cooper might well approve the new bedhangings that surround the four-poster in the master bedroom of Pomona Hall, the restored 18th-century house on Park Boulevard in Camden. The heavy linens are swirled with embroidered strawberries and apples, violets and goldenrod and redbirds and bluebirds, all indigenous to New Jersey in the 18th century, when Marmaduke was master of the hall. But these delicate designs owe their elegance to the perseverance of eight 20th-century women.
April 20, 2003 |
Peg Gillen can trace her needlework obsession to a Woman's Day magazine article she read as a young mother in the early 1960s. The story about a Danish embroidery stitch has led to dozens of finely crafted projects and what she calls "UFOs," or unfinished objects. "It will take over your life," Gillen said during this month's gathering of the Bucks County chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America. About 50 of her works, including framed pieces, pillows and 3-D figures, will be featured in the chapter's biennial exhibit this week.
August 12, 2003 |
RAY MATERSON did 7 1/2 years in the joint one stitch at a time. Embroidered his way through the squinting darkness that is a maximum security prison. Used blue thread from unraveled socks, used brown thread from frayed shoelaces, used swatches of gray cotton/polyester boxer shorts as background. Used a needle borrowed from a sympathetic guard, used skills he didn't know he had. Focused on baseball because it reminded him of his childhood, before booze and drugs warped his life, before a carjacking (with a toy gun)
December 2, 2011
Francois Lesage, 82, the heir of the legendary Maison Lesage embroidery atelier that has long been embellishing Paris couture houses' most fantastic creations, died Thursday, atelier officials said. Founded by Mr. Lesage's father, Maison Lesage worked for creme de la creme of early 20th-century designers, including Vionnet and Elsa Schiaparelli. As the number of embroidery ateliers in the French capital dwindled, the house of Lesage became the go-to spot for designers looking for exceptional work.
June 4, 1992 |
Arlene Spector uses her needle to create sacramental embroidery, to give her family a sense of Jewish tradition. "We call it mikdash maot, making the home a small sanctuary, keeping a sense of Judaism in the home," said Spector, of Cherry Hill. As president of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework, which meets at the Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill, Spector leads monthly meetings, some devoted to study, some devoted to hands- on work.
September 24, 1989 |
The Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework begins its new year of programs on Wednesday at the Jewish Community Center of Southern New Jersey, 2395 West Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill. The organization includes chapters in Canada, Israel and South Africa, said Fradele Feld, publicity chairwoman for the group. Overall, there are about 600 to 700 members, including about 30 people from New Jersey, Philadelphia and suburban Pennsylvania who make up the Delaware Valley Chapter. The local guild was founded about 12 years ago by a group of women in New York, Feld said.