textile tuesday

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With me posting videos and blogging on fridays that leaves little room for fabric fridays. Maybe textile tuesdays will work instead? I got these things for a future project and I love them.

I bought the shells a while ago and wasn’t sure what they would get turned into. The other day I found the crystal organza and sparkly fabric for 50% off (ten yards ended up costing $32) and thought they would pair nicely together!

I got beads that match and some mixed bags of shells at Michaels. Still not completely set on a design but I know I can turn the raw materials into something great.

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This lovely embroidered wool shawl was purchased in 1838 by Dr. Henry Boylston as a 17th birthday present for his daughter, Mary Eleanor, born on January 21, 1821 in Charleston. The shawl had been imported from France by Mrs. Day, who kept a shop here. The shawl consists of a large central square with embroidered bouquets in opposing corners and surrounded by a pieced border of 26 embroidered squares in red, cream and blue wool. Each square features a different flower, beautifully worked in satin stitch, outline and French knots. A delicate tambour-work border outlines each block. What a lovely gift for a young lady!

But the shawl’s interesting history does not stop there. Mary Eleanor (1821-1900) married John Laurens Toomer in 1840 and their daughter, Harriet Rutledge Toomer married Stephen Decatur Doar in 1885. During World War I, Mrs. Doar sold the shawl to help raise money for French orphans. It was purchased by Robert Goodwyn Rhett, former mayor of Charleston and President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1916 and 1917. After the war, in 1923, Rhett donated the shawl to the Museum along with its charming story.

TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from the Charleston Museum’s textile collection.  Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday