Mrs. J Kieffer Funk

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Mrs. J Kieffer Funk  - Circa 1870 and now , ·. k Beaver Creek School...
Circa 1870 and now , ·. k Beaver Creek School Museum Mrs. J. Kiefhr shows the work she did while attending i Kee Mar College as Liz Jones of the local' Embroiders' Guild,. models a blouse Mrs. Funk has · made and shows some of the dub's current day designs ·» LHDIE POWELL There are trends In embroidery Jusl as there are in styles of the day and all during the month of September d u " ing the weekend openings at the Beaver Creek School House' =n insight into this difference will be very much apparenT Assembling «n exhibit of the embroidery of today on " ' - - '- oi * s a ning, the latter the president of the "*"' G "'W. « Mr.. J. Kieffer Funk £j ter Mrs. Jack H, Beachlej, apprised Ihem of how 1 " · s collaboration Is certainty mos! appeal- mg, for the old Is yellow with a soft patina of age reflecUnc the mores of « earlier day, while ttoS* is bri^ £H uent and buoyant. ' ' , , : ^f *·'**'·'' Crt«i Scnoof ' , this exhibit wlll'be on view at the Beaver Creek School House each Saturday and Sunday through September, begTM nlng this weekend from 2-5 p.m. This is one of Hie museums u S^,"? 1 ^ * askln * t ° n CouUY Historical Society that is open to the public ind a wide variety of items is shorn! there, Deluding one room lhat is typical ol what is known as acountry school. Miss Calherine BeacWey and Mrs. Jack H Beachley take charge of this museum Mrs. Funk advised the ladlei lhat embroidery was one ' · of the fine arts lhat young ladies learned when she waTMa young girl. Tbere,are three examples of blouses made by (he · former Maude Wolf, two of which are on permanent'display on Ihe models of schoolmarms of the day. One blouse, worn , i?TM,* ^ '" lhe phot0 ' is of rme lltle ". wiln embroidery of braid, winch resembles' verj- fine ribbon, worked into an overall design, which then also had some very finely detailed h^rt! X S'.hT k °" "' A · be " '° tnatch br °»6ht the long Mack skirt that accompanied it into a well designed whole And that was what the young Kee Mar students wre as a matter of course. · Of fine wool flannel Bui there are a number of other things many made of iTu-T 1 - T 1 ', 3 T ter of the ^ ^WMSbh. ed «-,th s,lk thread. One thing .Mrs. Funk told the two ladies who are quite adept with lhe naedle themselves was that tot S ^"" ead wasrfused ta * thm : B »' 1 " is unavailable to'. oa , so lhe current designers use other thread, ar.d are coming up with some exquisite work. loo. . · One wool flannel shawl, worn by Mrr Henry C. "Aunt. Louise Beachley,' piiu Catherine Beachley and Jack H. Bcachley's aunt) is handsomely embroidered lhe edge with designs of wheat, UUstle and Belli of Mrs. Funk is very pleased that she has the tiny wool saque worn by her 'three children, til, ed^ed^Tplni flowers. "We bought the flannel iy the yard and mad* back then, but 1 didn't have that much time after I Kieffer for 1 had three children to care for " she There are a dozen linen "tumbler doillei" embroidered m purple-, pink or yellow flowers, done by/Mrs Funk't mother, Mrs. Louisa Jane Kunk Wolf, circa 1870 andanun . usual centerpiece for a table, of cutwork leaves, inserted fine-lace, the edges embroidered In green, the center of ·linen. Mrs. Funk's mother also liked to"embroider her.' designs in red and there are several there'with'designs pineapples and pears, on place mats, and a bureau scarf a fringe, embroidered with flowers. One small square lias a pink dogwood design. . ·· · -. ·' , ' . ' , · ' - Th* NQVf of'if .'·'·· \- '."·' ' · - , In contrast, right alongside this display, are many contemporary designs by Mrs. Downing, though' some'are reproductions of older designs. One round design is lhe for a chair cushion, the design of autumn leaves.'li'sini old tune version of rug hooking, which Mrs. Downing created and also used as a teaching devjce for her There is i bell pull, imported from Denmark of needlepoint; a counted crossstitch square, on an even wool fabric; a picture, with a dusty rose background, featuring a pheasant, acorns, and a border, the idea for which came from Willlamsbiirg designs; ' Lexington lace,is another of the unusual things being , sltown. This is an exquisite thing, one of several versions using ribbons of lace. "II you think that's Ksy!" piped Jur.cs. · · One sampler consists of many different sliiches, which Harriett Downing uses as a leaching device However It medley of beauty and can be used anywhere as a 1 here is a wide ·variety of the'work done by Hie local Embroiders' tJiiild including pillows', pocketbooks, s m o c k i n g , C h r i s t m a s o r n a tcdesiaslical embroidery, .and many handsome items '' - There is no doubt lhat there'is a dilference in lire span and the contrast is interesting indeed, ft is a happv melding and a pleasure to view. ' · ·

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  1. The Daily Mail,
  2. 01 Sep 1977, Thu,
  3. Page 23

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