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Millennia Designs: 'Shaker Patchwork Hearts' Tapestry Kit

This wonderfully colourful design is based on heart motifs and patterns from various forms of American folk art. The central square is inspired by a bookplate of 1795 in the fraktur tradition. Fraktur was the style of hand-decorated manuscripts primarily worked by immigrant Pennsylvanian-German families in America. The panel to the top right is adapted from a wooden butter mold from 1800 to 1850. Below this, is a design based on an 18th century pierced tin mould used for making pressed egg cheese at Easter, a favourite dish of the Pennsylvania Germans. In the bottom right corner is the very popular motif of 'heart in hand', which was originally the trade sign for marriage insurance offices in 18th century England, symbolising 'giving one's hand in marriage'. This association continued in America, where it also came to mean friendship. The heart to the left is taken from a Fraktur from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The panel in the bottom left hand corner is based on a wooden sign for the Odd Fellows' meeting house, with the three links representing friendship, love & truth. The organisation offered sick & death benefits in times of distress to the middle & industrial classes. The design above this is taken from a birth & baptism certificate from 1798. Above this, is a small heart based on an embroidered quilt from the 19th century. The motif in the top left hand corner is from another fraktur. To the right of this is an adaptation of a pottery cake mould & the next design along, the two hearts intertwined, is taken from a paper love token dating from between 1790 and 1810.
 
Millennia Designs Shaker Patchwork Hearts

Millennia Designs Shaker Patchwork Hearts

55.95 inc. VAT (sales tax)

Approx US$ 72.74

 

The kit uses Anchor tapestry wool on 10hpi canvas and measures 12 x 12 ins (30 x 31cm) suitable for a pillow or cushion.
Contents: Zweigart tapestry canvas, tapestry wool, black and white chart, needle and instructions.

 

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