Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Basic needlepoint and cross-stitch were found in many Amana homes. Found on key hooks, sewing birds, pillow covers, chair seats, and more. This would allow the artist a use of more colorful yarns. Often the young girls would learn this technique before the age of 10 when her first cross stitch or needlepoint sampler was made. Coarse linen and worsted yarns were used to learn the ABC's and also do some picture painting, making yarn flowers. Many designs were geometric borders and florals inspired by the many gardens in the Amana Colonies. This craft was a legacy that kept idle hands busy. Since everything in the Old Amana Colonies served a purpose or pertained to their religion, needlepoint was functional and a very beautiful addition to the home.

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