Pennsbury Inn - Chadds Ford, PA, 19317, United States

This exhibition showcases the evolution of needlework and the prominent role it played in women’s lives during the 17th through 19th centuries. It opens with the diligence and skill required to learn and excel at needlework and delves into the various applications of the skill with sections on diligence, profit, pleasure, and ornament, featuring stunning visual examples:

Diligence
Samplers diligently worked on in day and boarding schools are the best documented examples of a girl’s education, but needlework skills were also learned at home, where women of all ages too part in the needlework activities of the household.

Profit
Women could use their skill with a needle to generate extra income or support themselves and their families. Some women, known as mantua makers, milliners or tailoresses, created fine dresses and other clothing, others taught embroidery or offered their skill in decorating clothing and furnishings, while others used the skill for plain sewing, mending and hemming.

Pleasure
Not everyone loved embroidery, but those who did would continue to develop their skill and artistry throughout their life.

Ornament
Those skillful with a needle often used their talent to embellish their own clothing, accessories, and textile furnishings.

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Pennsbury Inn
883 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Ford, PA, 19317, United States
Call: (610) 388-1435
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A Brandywine Valley Bed and Breakfast in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

The Pennsbury Inn is a lovely and comfortable Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania bed and breakfast inn near Longwood Gardens in the historic Brandywine Valley. Our historic Chadds Ford, PA bed and breakfast inn offers seven sumptuous bedrooms, private baths, large living room with huge open fireplace, library, music room, and private conference room. Discover the treasures of the Brandywine Valley, Philadelphia, and beyond from your exclusive Pennsylvania lodging home base. Located on eight acres of landscaped grounds bordered by woodland trails, this Chadds Ford bed and breakfast hideaway is perfect for intimate weddings, receptions, anniversary dinners, bridal showers, and business meetings.