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25 Feb 2014
Embellishment Mermaid Wedding Dresses exhibit dazzles at stevens Oregon city, or volunteer curators at the stevens crawford heritage house spent the winter exploring hidden rooms of the historic home, unpacking intricate treasures of crochet, tatting, lace, beadwork, chainmail and embroidery that astonished even the most seasoned docents Household embellishments, victorian thru 1930 Mother of the Bride Dresses Australia is the most extensive new exhibit the house has ever known.It features several hundred items of personal and home adornment never before shown, displayed in an intimate homemuseum setting. The embellishment exhibit spans the victorian era through the flapperinspired twenties.Most of the pieces were from the personal collection of muriel stevens although perhaps a much younger and more adventurous than her historians ever imagined. The stevenscrawford house, built in 1907, features gaslights, working telegraph, a stereoscope, and other curious and practical previctorian household items.Tour docents Bridesmaid Dresses share the stories behind the furnishings, and explain what they are now learning about the timeconsuming handiwork of the embellishment exhibit. Don look at lace the same way i used to, shared nadene duffield, who coorganized the show with mrs.Jerri adams.Like taking a class in architecture and suddenly seeing the beauty in the buildings around you. The embellishment exhibit, on display through 2013, also includes the stevens family fine linens, men embroidered Evening collars, money bags, and overnight pocketwatch holders.Filigree gloves, wedding dresses and baby christening gowns from the turn of the century are among additional family treasures on loan from county residents.


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