ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History / publications

Swiss Whitework Embroideries
a paper, given at the CIETA meeting of 1989 in Chicago USA, by Anne Wanner-JeanRichard

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  Examples of Appenzell Embroidery
  In the end of this short survey I am showing some examples of Appenzell embroidery. This is the term of Swiss embroidery in the 20th century.

These following examples were used in the family of a former governor of Appenzell. Several family dates are known and so some of the pieces can be dated:
Clara Diethelm married the first time in 1907 and here is a picture of her wedding handkerchief. One can see the influence of Art Nouveau.

After the death of her husband she married again in 1916. The coat of arms of the family Rusch was embroidered a little later. There is also a simple coverlet and here we have the date of 1922. Her daughter told me that the family gave order to make this cloth in 1948. It was used several times for the last rite.

A letter of 1958 exists which says, that in 1958 there were no longer any women in Appenzell to be found who were able to embroider the margins with buttonhole-stitches.

- Margaret Swain, Ayrshire and other Whitework, London 1982

- Sheila Paine, Chikan Embroidery, The Floral Whitework of India, Great Britain 1989

- Andree Piboule, 750 Coiffes Bourbonnaises, Marsat, 1985

- Miroslava Ludvikova, Maehrische Volksstickerei, in: Moravska lidova vysivka, Brno 1986

- Sandra Caastro, Nipis, in: Ausstellungskatalog, Intramuros Manila 1990

- Anne Wanner-JeanRichard, Kunstwerke in Weiss, St.Gallen 1983

- Anne Wanner-JeanRichard, Von der Idee zum Kunstwerk, Stickereien aus der Sammlung des Textilmuseums St. Gallen und Tagebuchnotizen eines Stickereientwerfers, St. Gallen 1999

- Gisela Graf-Hoefgen, Schlesische Spitzen, München 1974




Wedding Handkerchief of Clara Diethelm, 1907
today Textilemuseum St.Gallen

Corner of Handkerchief, around 1900


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