RARE HANDWORK IS EXHIBITED AT L.P.A.
TEA HELD FRIDAY
The L. P. A. tea and display of handwoven
articles Friday afternoon at the home of Mrs. A. J. Fox was attended
by nearly a hundred ladies and many coming form other towns.
There were 20 handwoven coverlets on exhibit,
some of which were made in 1800, and none later than 1851.
Practically all fo them are in excellent dondition. Two very old
counterpanes were shown, one made in 1799 and owned by Dr. V. T.
Smith and the others as heirllom of Miss Mary Jones and made in
1820. There were also samplers and pictures embroidered on
hand-woven linen, that were made over a hundred years ago.
Miss Amy Leigh Paine, chairman of the
committee, introduced Mrs. Donald Denniston of Palmerton, Pa., who
most entertainingly discussed the history of many of the pieces--the
Craftsmanship of the home weaver, his skill in dying and in design,
as well as that of the itinerant weaver, who traveled from home to
Practically all of these coverlets have been
in continual use, many coming in covered wagons from the Eastern
states, as a part of the necessary equipment for travel. The charm
of design, coloring, and workmanship of these hand woven coverlets
makes them outstanding in any home. They are striking examples of
early American art.
The exhibit was one of the finest of its kind
probably that has ever been made in northeastern Iowa ans estimated
value of the articles was said to be at least $3,000.
Othe rmembers ot eh tea committee of the
association are Mesdames Willis Walker, A. M Doughty and F. A. Kiel.
Tea was served and the table appointments
were of old silver with a center bouquet of garden flowers. Misses
Grace Myer and Edna Luce poured.
Coverlets on exhibit are owned by Jean Hunt,
R. M. Deming, Mrs. Dinniston, Dr. Parker, V. T. Smith, Mrs. Bogert,
Misses Paine, Mrs. Fox, Mrs. Lynch, Miss Jones, Mrs. Hastings of
Fayette, Miss Kent, Mrs. Camp, Mrs. Blunt, Miss Barnes, Mrs.
Woodard, Mrs. Heiserman of West Union.
Present from West Union were: Miss Florence
Kent, Mrs. A. H. Kent, Geroge, Mrs. O. Heiserman, Mrs. Waterbury,
Mrs. Clyde Blunt, Mrs. Chandler, Mrs. Woodard, Mrs. Philips, Mrs.
Brause, Miss Phyllis Brause, Mrs. Bernau, Mrs. Hitch, Mrs. N. J.
Breckner, from Crresco, Mrs. Dora Swenson and Miss Taraldson,
Decorah. Mrs. L. K. Knight, Mrs. Kestor and Mrs. Reif, Volga. Mrs.
Ainsowrth, Armington, Ill., Mrs. M. E. Smith.