MFA Collection Books

Women's Work
Embroidery in Colonial Boston

Pamela A. Parmal
Format Regular Price Member Price
Hardcover $40.00 $36.00

174 pages. 120 color illustrations, 8.5 x 9.5 in, ISBN: 978-087846778-5

Women's Work tells the stories of six women and how needlework shaped their lives in the colonies' most important port city. From decidedly domestic origins, their embroideries soon became an economic force that promoted the silk trade and allowed entrepreneurial women to profit from selling supplies, drawing patterns, and teaching young girls interested in this mode of expression. At once a historical overview, group biography, and richly illustrated art book, this publication gives long deserved attention to a unique facet of American visual culture and women's history.

About the Author

Pamela A. Parmal is David and Roberta Logie Curator of Textiles and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the author of Samplers from A to Z.

Editorial Reviews
"Parmal¹s text is a joy to read and will appeal to practitioners and historians alike. Moreover, Women's Work is a handsomely bound publication sporting an eye-catching embossed dustjacket..."
- Lynn Hulse, editor
Text, the journal of the Textile Society