Virtual Lecture Precedes Penn Dry Goods Market Show

PENNSBURG PA – A virtual discussion of textile patterns, motifs, and stitches, scheduled for May 26 (2022; Thursday) at 7 p.m. and conducted by Jennifer Core and Janet Hasson of the Tennessee Sampler Project, will kick off this year’s preparations for the Penn Dry Goods Market, the annual textile history fund-raiser conducted by the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, 105 Seminary St.

Tickets for the lecture, sponsored by a “special friend” of the heritage center, are available for $25 per person from its website up until the event’s start. Tickets are available here.

Virtual Lecture Precedes Penn Dry Goods Market Show
 Quilts, coverlets, and vintage fabric will be sold at the Penn Dry Good Market

The Penn Market, coming in June, is a textile-focused antiques and vintage show with 25 dealers hailing from Pennsylvania and other East Coast locations. These dealers are considered among the best in antique textiles, offering samplers and other needlework, quilts, coverlets and woven objects, linens, yardage, sewing smalls, sewing tools and equipment, buttons, baskets, and general Americana (at top).

Visitors will find treasures from across the country, and from around the globe, at a variety of prices. The show opens June 3 (Friday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and June 4 (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center. Tickets cost $6, and can be purchased at the door.

During the show, eleven lectures on textile history are planned for those interested in learning more. Topics cover needlework and quilts, costume and personal accessories, and textile-making and dying processes. Speakers are authorities in their respective fields, as well as entertaining and approachable.

Also during the show, the center will host a variety of exhibits, including the special exhibit titled “Crazy for You: Crazy Quilts and Objects of Memory.” Crazy quilts were a phenomenon that swept the nation in the late 1800s. At about the same time, other “objects of memory” became popular, such as hairwork, memory jugs, and other vessels that were crazy in their own right.

Photos provided by the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center