Assisi Embroidery and Places of Cultural Contact
Assisi embroidery is a form of counted threadwork, characterized by its use of negative design. This is when the background is filled with embroidery stitches and the main motifs are...
“Tourist Art” and Authenticity
The concept of “tourist art” is inescapable in a place like MCML. While this may seem like a neutral term, art made for tourists, in the art world it comes...
“She embellished the embellishments…”
The Crazy Quilt craze began in the last quarter of the 19th C. among upper-middle class American women. Though the exact origins of the style are still debated most...
Splitting Threads: Cataloging MCML’s Needlecraft Collection
In a 10,000-object collection uniformity is an absolute necessity for providing adequate documentation and care for museum objects. Without these, our ability to retrieve information or even objects is...
Scrapbooks in the MCML Collection
The MCML collection holds a large number of homemade scrapbooks and journals dating from the 19th century all the way to the 21st century. The history of scrapbooking dates all...
Piecing Together the Manitoba Wildflower Rug
This wildflower rug, designed and hooked by members of the Crafts Guild of Manitoba Rug Hooking Group in the 1940s, is an iconic piece in the MCML collection. While MCML...
Searle Grain: Manitoba’s Weaving History
The MCML collection holds a large number of records that detail Manitoba’s rich history of weaving, much of which can be credited to the Searle Grain Company. In 1942 the...
MCML Oral History Project 2021-2022
In 2021-2022 MCML completed oral history interviews with 19 Manitoba craftspeople. Clips from all interviews can be seen on our YouTube channel. PJ Anderson Cynthia Boehm Francesca Carella Arfinengo Herman...
Edna Sutherland Donations
Edna Sutherland was one of MCML’s first donors in the 1930s. Museum documentation from that time period was much less robust than now, so unfortunately we do not have much...
Craftsperson Profile Delza Longman
Delza Longman describes her rug hooking. Content from Oral History Interview, 2007.