Birdsboro, PA: Pennsylvania German Society, 1991. Hardcover. Cream cloth with red lettering on spine and red lettering and illustration on cover, black and off-white illustrated dust jacket with blue spine lettering, 303 pp., bw and color illustrations. VG-/G+ (book shows very light foxing on top third of textblock, all pages clear and intact - dust jacket shows wear at edges with few small tears at base of spine, still protective). Item #153944
"Pennsylvania German women presided over the production and maintenance of textiles for their homes. Clothing, bed and table linens, towels were produced from fibers they grew and spun into threads. A commercial weaver united these into cloth. The final step of making many textile objects was cross-stitch embroidery - anything from initials or a number to elaborate needlework designs graced the surface of the fabric ... Preserved for use for sentimental reasons, several hundreds of these samplers have been studied and photographed for use in this centennial volume of The Pennsylvania German Society, one of the nation's oldest ethnic heritage organizations. Since examples survive which wer brought by the first settlers from Europe and from the earliest days of settlement, and since one small group of Amish continue to make and use them today, they are an appropriate communication of Pennsylvania Dutch culture."