October 14, 1996 |
Joseph T. Piraino, 77, a retired garment-industry executive and founder and chairman of a custom design and embroidery business, died Friday at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Drexel Hill. He lived in Broomall. Mr. Piraino spent 45 years in the garment business, working his way from a presser at the former Sun Clothing/Jay Co. in South Philadelphia to vice president of manufacturing for Somerset Knitting Mills in Northern Liberties. He retired from Somerset in 1980 after 24 years.
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.
May 9, 1993 |
Connie Logan has no artistic pretensions. She worries aloud about being interviewed, grimaces for her picture, jumps to talk about anything but herself. But there beats the heart of an artist. Logan makes quilts, all kinds of quilts. She makes them for comfort and art, for charity and family. On Friday, the Cherry Hill Arts Advisory Board was scheduled to honor Logan with the Edgar Wolf Jr. Award, commonly called the Edgar. The award recognizes residents or companies for significant contributions to the township's cultural and artistic life.
April 8, 1993 |
When Christine Chomyn Izak returned to Ukraine last year for the first time in half a century, she went looking for the rich embroidery of her homeland. She found that the country was threadbare. All but missing were the embroidered tablecloths, wall hangings, pieces of religious handwork, doilies and other decorated articles that are so much a part of the Ukrainian national heritage. Just as scarce were women teaching this treasured art to younger generations. Izak, curator of the Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center at Manor Junior College, decided to do something about it. With the help of the Pennsylvania Embroiderers' Guild, she started Project Golden Needle.
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.
October 18, 1992 |
Belle Rexon knows what it is like not to get any respect. She may be the featured artist in a needlework exhibit presented by the Colonial West Jersey Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, but the other day, she overheard her husband on the phone describing the event as a "sewing project. " Rexon didn't waste any time setting him straight. To her, it was yet another example of the lack of appreciation needlework artists receive. "I think people just don't understand that with needlework you're putting in your thoughts and creating, just like an artist would do," said Rexon, a retired elementary school teacher who lives in Medford.
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.
April 6, 1988 |
A glimmer of gold flashed as the beam of Raymond A. Domanski's flashlight cut through the blackness of the 13th-story loft in the Public Ledger Building, Sixth and Chestnut Streets. The source of the gleam was what Domanski, administrative manager of the building, described as "a dirty piece of cloth" hanging over a steam pipe. The glittering gold was no illusion. Decorating the pipe was a large 19th- century Chinese-silk tapestry, rich in woven and applied gold and of an unusual design.
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.