Cathy Grafton learned to embroider at age six and has loved handwork ever since. Her passion for playing with color has developed over a lifetime of stitching, and for the last 20 years she has taught herself the 18th-Century style of embroidery using fine silk ribbons, giving her work an added dimension as she continues to explore shading and color combinations.
Grafton has been demonstrating traditional quilting techniques since the early 1970s at historic festivals in the Midwest, and she continues to spend many weekends each year living in the 18th Century. At these events she portrays a lady making her way in the world by doing fancy needlework. She has been teaching and lecturing for more than 30 years and has long studied and often visited the Bayeux Tapestry in France, using some of its embroidery techniques in her own work.
Grafton creates small quilted pieces based on folk art designs from the 18th and early 19th Centuries. Using simple floral designs and many Shaker influences, she stitches small wall pieces, huswife sewing kits, needle cases, and ladies’ pockets using silk thread and silk ribbons.
She is the author of Nature, Design & Silk Ribbons, published by the American Quilter’s Society in 1996.
We've mailed the
June 2019 issue of Early American Life to all of our current subscribers. The postal service advises you should allow up to three weeks for delivery,
so subscribers should have their copies of our new June issue by the beginning of May.
All new web subscriptions will start with the August 2019 issue. Call us at 440-543-8566 if you have other subscription requirements.
Early American Homes
For Sale in Pennsylvania
In southwest Pennsylvania: Brick 1 1/2 story with detached garage, full basement on 2+ acres. Interior: antique beams, wood
paneling, hardwood floors. Located in Laurel Highlands, near two ski resorts
and state parks. .