Our 2022 conference topic “Tools and Toolmaking in New England” isn’t just about axes and sledgehammers and anvils—tools traditionally used by men. It’s equally about darning needles and flour sifters and hot-water bottles—tools more associated with women, and just as demanding of technology and skill.
Through May 1, people can appreciate what tools like needles and scissors could produce in skilled hands at the Florence Griswold Museum’s exhibit “New London County Quilts & Bed Covers, 1750‒1825.” It explores how this one Connecticut county produced such exceptional work drawing on sources from both sides of the Atlantic.
This exhibit is curated by Lynne Z. Bassett, a longtime member of the Dublin Seminar planning committee and co-chair of this year’s conference. She brings deep expertise on needlework, textiles, costumes, quilts, and of course the tools behind the creation of those artifacts. Visit the Florence Griswold Museum website for the schedule of lectures, demonstrations, and gallery talks she’s also lined up this spring.