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Needlepainting – the art of “painting” with a needle and thread – is one of the most complex forms of hand embroidery. Most of these pieces were done from the turn of the 20th century and into the 1920s. This popular pastime became fashionable for all women, not just those in high society, as the name implies. However, the silk threads and flosses were more expensive and, therefore, used more often by women of more means. Work by Libby Gould, date unknown.
Wilbur liked to use local models. It’s possible that if your family is from the West Essex area, you might know or have been related to someone depicted in his work!
It was a beautiful warm spring day at the historical Zenas Crane House in West Caldwell. The light was wonderful coming in from the windows and the old wood floor shined with a beautiful patina as the sun played across the patterns of the wood. Four determined ladies from The Historical Society of West Caldwell had small piles of artwork everywhere. They carefully handled each piece of artwork with reverence as they laid the piles out and considered each for the upcoming exhibit. They edited by artist and by category. Making small talk as they went, they wondered if the bridge was from a certain town or if a house in an old painting was still in existence.