February 7, 2020

We are honored to announced that we have been accepted to present our paper "Elizabethan Embroidery: Gloriana's Gifts and the Power of the Needle" at the 2020 South Central Renaissance Conference, on the Queen Elizabeth I Society's Panel.  Click here for more informati...

November 22, 2019

In our previous post, we discussed the difficulties in dating a piece of embroidery and explored the use of color as a technique to meet that goal. In this post, we will examine the images on the cushion cover for clues about the date of this piece.

There are a surfeit...

November 21, 2019

We're pleased to announce that Relics in Situ will be presenting their paper, "A Woman's Communion: Embroidered Devotionals in Early Modern England," at the Ecclesiastical History Society Winter Meeting in Birmingham, England on Saturday, January 18th, 2020.

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August 15, 2019

To determine the accuracy of the date, we examine the information the cushion itself provides: the materials used and images selected. The ground cloth is a plain weave silk satin.  While the type of material does not assist in dating the cushion cover, the distinctive...

August 15, 2019

The known details about this cushion cover are limited.  It 50cm x 67cm, was donated to MFA Boston in the mid-20th century by Elizabeth Day McCormick.  It has no other provenance, though a lot of hints about it’s time and place of origin, which we will explore in futur...

July 8, 2019

This gorgeous if somewhat faded cushion cover from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston is an enigma.  If you were looking at this piece passively in a museum, you might notice the imagery first: a woman sitting on a hillock looking in a mirror, stags, flowers…  Or you might...

July 2, 2019

We're pleased to announce that Relics in Situ will be presenting their paper, "Presence of the Needle: Embroidery in the Everyday Life of Early Modern Women," at the Slices of Everyday Lives conference at University of Cambridge, UK, on September 19th and 20th, 2019. 

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May 23, 2019

As researchers, we spend a lot of our time accessing collections at a variety of institutions: libraries, national museums, local museums, archives.  It can be a challenge to access artifacts not on display, especially when the institution has gone to the effort of dig...

February 20, 2019

We are pleased to be presenting In the Archives at the Daughters of the American Revolution.  The lecture will take place at the DAR chapter meeting on Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Livermore, California.

February 20, 2019

Relics in Situ is pleased to announce that we will presenting the "In the Archives at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation" lecture to Chapter V of the Colonial Dames of America on April 3, 2019 in Oakland California.

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