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April 2015 Source Guide
People: Bella of the Ball
Places: The Old Jail
Stitch a Child's Pocket
To B&B or Not to B&B
Forty years ago, a phone call launched Ellen Madison on a career as a Rhode Island innkeeper. Now after closing her doors to guests, she’s re-imagining the 1770s-style house she designed as her home.
American Folk Art Powder Horns
Unlike professionally made powder horns showing maps and forts, folk art powder horns bore motifs ranging from common hearts and stars to creatures known or only imagined. We take a close look at six examples of this indigenous American art form.
Beyond Her Red Cape
When necessity and a fire mandated a move from her historic Cape Cod to a simple one-storey garden house, Edyth O’Neill created a cozy home in Texas hill country filled with her husband’s craftsmanship and her handwork.
A Plantation Garden
Henry Middleton planned his gardens to be an American Versailles when he landscaped his 18th-Century Charleston plantation. Even wars and hurricanes couldn’t erase his designs and plantings, now revived to their previous splendor by his heirs at Middleton Place.
A master potter walks us through the steps of making redware off the wheel, a process English, then American, potters adopted centuries ago to increase production without sacrificing artistry. Knowing how it was done will help you identify antiques.
On wood and masonry, limewash offered a simple, inexpensive finish that proved to be bright, environmentally friendly, hypo-allergenic, and sanitary. Properly applied, it can also last for centuries.
New Jersey Needleworkers
Girls as young as five learned the art of the needle from instructresses across the Garden State, creating samplers their well-to-do parents proudly hung in their homes. A recent survey shows how regional origins and the instructresses influenced their design.
The Origins of St. Augustine
The history of Florida makes little sense if you don’t know the real founder of St. Augustine—not Juan Ponce de León but Pedro Menéndez de Aviles. The author of the critics’ choice for the best book ever written about Florida history tells the true story.
Alphabet for the Purse Project
We’ve included instructions for stitching an alphabet (or individual characters) on our project pocket purse, courtesy of Susan Greening Davis. Click here to download the pdf.
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