Thursday, September 16, 2010

Broderie Perse at the New England Quilt Museum

On September 11, several of us met at Lowell's New England Quilt Museum and toured their "Broderie Perse" exhibit. According to, broderie perse means "Persian embroidery" in French but it also has come to refer to applique of printed chintz flowers and other motifs onto solid fabric. This art has been around since the 1700's.

Here is one of the quilts we admired in person: Image courtesy of

A quick google image search unveiled a more contemporary usage of the technique:

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The quilts on display were impressive in their precision, use of color, and design. We were also privileged to admire some other type of quilts representative of some of the museum's permanent collection.

We hope more can join us in October as we meet at the Arlington Public Library to learn more about handwork in quilting.


  1. Loved the first time there! Broderie Perse....unique and interesting......there was one room full of what they called contemporary broderie perse. I have a greater appreciation for this technique.

  2. I'm just catching up on blog reading. The Tree of Life broderie perse quilt above was made by my good friend, Barbara W Barber of Westerly, RI. I may be biased, but I thought her quilts were the most beautifully executed in the whole show! She wrote the book, after all!