Monday, March 28, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
These huge red beauties will be on display this season in front of the Vermont House.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Although none of the following items were actually produced in Ireland, they all share a common thread --the are ornamented with Irish crochet.
During the 1930s, mass-produced Irish crochet appeared on the market from China and was used to trim dresses and undergarments.
Here are just a few of the Irish crocheted garments in our collection!
Pat Earnshaw, A Dictionary of Lace (Aylesbury, UK: Shire Publications, LTD, 1982)
Clara M. Blum, Old World Lace: Or, A Guide for the Lace Lover (New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1920)
Corset Cover, 1913-1920.
Hand sewn corset cover embellished with Irish crochet.
Friday, March 4, 2011
In honor of the beginning of maple sugaring festivities, we will give you a behind-the-scenes look at all of Shelburne Museum's sugaring equipment. Keep in mind, there are much more advanced techniques for maple sugaring today.
1. Sugar Maple trees need to be tapped and a sap spout inserted. We have many sap spouts in our collection, including some of metal...
...and others of wood.
2. The sap is collected in sap buckets and transferred to larger tanks or buckets. We have some pretty neat buckets in our collection.
One of our nicest glass maple syrup bottles came from Wilmington, Vermont.
Maple syrup is truly one of Vermont's treasures. We hope you enjoy maple sugaring season!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
This wedding dress was worn by Mahala Perkins to her Plainfield, Vermont wedding in 1861. Although the dress has been heavily altered over the years, the plaid silk fabric demonstrates the fabulous fashion of the Civil War Era.