September 29, 1993 |
Although "The Quaker Tapestry" exhibit at Swarthmore College consists of separate embroidered panels, they are connected by a common thread that weaves together the themes of Quaker history, Quaker ideals and Quaker life. The tapestry project was started in England in 1981 by Anne Wynn-Wilson of the London Yearly Meeting. Of the 77 panels already completed in the British work, 24 are on display in the McCabe Library at the college. Each of the 25- by-21-inch panels was researched, designed and embroidered by members of Friends Meetings in 10 countries.
March 19, 1989 |
In her own way, Tania Diakiw O'Neill is an archaeologist, uncovering artifacts and stockpiling them at home for study. For years she has drawn pleasure from the task of analyzing every detail of each find, taking note of the minute differences among the specimens. Over the years, O'Neill has acquired an extensive collection of her special antiques, which, luckily for her family, are not as cumbersome as dinosaur fossils or ancient Greek sculptures. Actually, the Philadelphia woman's interests lie in unraveling the art of Ukrainian embroidery.
March 19, 1989 |
Thirteen members of the Bucks County Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America took part earlier this month in an embroidery workshop at the Woodriver Retirement Village. Carol List of Madison, N.J., gave instruction during the six-hour workshop. The guild members learned how to convert the various shapes and surface patterns of the scallop and spiral shells into a three-dimensional needlepoint design. Working on canvas-covered frames attached to wooden stands, the guild members took their designs from a booklet of shell patterns.
November 10, 1999 |
District Attorney Lynne Abraham yesterday told a modern-day tale of rags to riches. The riches were said to have been garnered by eight suspects who allegedly ran a multimillion-dollar counterfeit clothing manufacturing ring in Philadelphia. The rags - cheap forgeries of top-name designer clothes and professional sportswear - were deep-discounted to customers for at least four years before cops shut down the estimated $2 million-a-year operation this summer. Standing near several tables covered with counterfeit Calvins, knock-off Nikes and fake FUBUs, Abraham announced the arrests that resulted from a lengthy joint probe by police and her office.
June 2, 1988 |
History may remember Harry S. Truman as the president who ordered the atomic bombing of Japan, the president who fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur, or the one who followed Franklin D. Roosevelt. But to Stella Crispino, he will always be the president who turned the eagle's head. In the great scheme of things, President Truman's change in the design of the presidential flag may not amount to much. But such minutiae is the stuff of painstaking work for Crispino and 14 other women at a 47-year-old federal factory in South Philadelphia.
April 6, 1990 |
Louis dell'Olio, who took over the Anne Klein collection when Donna Karan left to form her own, successful company, sent a strong message to his former design partner yesterday with a fluid, focused collection synonymous with smart money. Dell'Olio showed short, slim skirts and tunics in tobacco brown and elephant gray; wool crepe peplum jackets, and bias-cut swing skirts. Yet it was dell'Olio's slacks - tailored, ending in a slight flair - that moved him into Karan territory.
July 27, 1986 |
You may not find as many people who can embroider initials on a shirt, a handkerchief or a towel today as in the past, but computers have stepped in to save the day. "One of the nice things about computer embroidery is that everything you do is uniform," Jeanne Piraino said recently. She is one of the owners of Mainline Design & Monogramming, 3715 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square. And that uniformity doesn't mean you can't have variety. Piraino said she has computer tapes for 100 stock designs and for several kinds of lettering.
September 7, 1988 |
The ties that bind are making a comeback. Friendship bracelets - those colorful macrame bands that were so popular several years ago - are once again the hot items on young ankles and wrists. Made from embroidery thread purchased at fabric and craft stores, the bracelets are a simple form of macrame resulting in bands measuring from a quarter-inch to one inch wide. They can be made in less than a half hour. There are usually no fasteners on a friendship bracelet. It is meant, connoisseurs will tell you, to be tied onto a wrist or ankle and left on until it falls off. "You make them and then give them to friends," says 14-year-old Scarlet Taylor of Hi-Nella, N.J. "They mean you love them a lot and they can't take it off. " Often, several bracelets are worn at once.
August 26, 1987 |
In this, the year of the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, it can be reported that the spirit and the skill of Betsy Ross are alive and well in South Philadelphia. There is an official We the People bicentennial flag to prove it. No, that's not quite right. There are three such flags, all made by a modern-day sewing circle in South Philadelphia. This sewing circle consists of 15 women, hand embroiderers all, in the flag shop of the Defense Personnel Support Center, 2800 S. 20th St. Yesterday, the group put the finishing touches to the third of the flags made at the request of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, which is headed by former U.S. Chief Justice Warren E. Burger.
October 18, 1986 |
A Philadelphia apparel manufacturer has been awarded a $322,768 low- interest loan from a Pennsylvania Department of Commerce-administered fund created to modernize the area's clothing industry. The Leonard Corp., an emblem manufacturer at 321 E. Allegheny Ave., received the money at a 4 percent interest rate last month after Commerce Bank/Pennsylvania lent the company a matching amount at 9 percent, said Frank C. Nuciforo, a spokesman for the Council for Labor and Industry, a quasi- public agency that administers the state loan program locally.