Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Many House Blessings (Haussegen) were displayed in Amana homes above a table or dresser often quoting scripture or reinforcing religious ideas. Some house blessings, done on perforated papers, were original designs on linen, while others were patterns ordered from Germany and Chicago. They were embroidered or cross stitched with a fine needle and ornaments such as pressed flowers, hair, or celluloid angels were glued to the surface.  This was then mounted on foil covered boards to give it strength and an iridescent look.  One might read, "Ein Frohliche Herz, ein Friedlich Haus, das macht das Gluck ded lebens aus." What a wonderful way to praise God.

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