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Botanical Alphabet Cross-Stitch

Object Details

Artist
Ira Blount
Date
1994
Medium
Aida fabric, cotton thread
Dimensions
Frame: 20 7/8 × 16 15/16 × 5/8 in. (53.1 × 43 × 1.6 cm)
Cite As
Gift of Ira Blount
Caption
A botanical alphabet blooms on this colorful cross-stitch sampler bordered in green. As early as the fifteenth century, needlework samplers served as ways to teach and practice sewing, an important domestic skill. They often doubled as academic instruction, like this alphabet sampler made by artist Ira Blount (1918-2020). Each letter features a flower that starts with that letter. For example, an iris stitched in purple, light blue, and gold stands next to a purple letter “I”. At the top, an alphabetical list identifies each flower by name in matching thread colors. Though this sampler does not conform to utilitarian purposes of the past, the intricate stitching demonstrates Blount’s command of a traditional sewing technique.
After moving to Washington, DC following World War II, Ira Blount mastered dozens of artisanal crafts. His love for crafting, learning, and community engagement would endure over the course of his long life and career.
Accession Number
2011.0004.0100
Type
cross-stitch
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Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl80b1281e1-7b35-4562-86f4-5e8ceb216da6
Record ID
acm_2011.0004.0100
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