Pajarito Chapter Embroiderers’ Guild Of America May 6

Whitework Accessories in the Victorian Period May 6 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Courtesy photo

Whitework Accessories in the Victorian Period May 6 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Courtesy photo

 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Heather Toomer, international author and textile historian, will present Whitework Accessories in the Victorian Period Monday, May 6.
 
The public is invited to the free lecture, sponsored by the Pajarito Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America at 1 p.m. in Gibson Hall of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road.
 
The PowerPoint lecture will show the changing fashions in collars, cuffs, undersleeves and other white accessories through fashion plates and original pieces but will concentrate on the embroidery itself.
 
Toomer is a freelance author, lecturer and consultant on antique lace and whitework embroideries who has worked with various museums in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. In the 1980s she organized a touring exhibition entitled Lifting the Veil: A Closer Look at Antique Lace, using lace from her own extensive collection. Her lace-identification guide Antique Lace: Identifying Types and Techniques was published in 2001.
 
Since then she has moved on to whitework embroideries with her own publications Baby Wore White: Robes for Special Occasions, 1800–1910 and three books on adult whitework costume accessories. These books detail the changing fashions in accessories and in the embroidery types and designs from 1700 to 1900.
 
The lecture will concentrate on the subject of the latest book in this series. Further details of Toomer’s work and background can be seen on her website www.heather-toomer.com.
 
Refreshments will be served, and guests will have the opportunity to meet Toomer. For more information, call Marilyn at 505.672.9404.
 
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