Your absence has gone through me
Like a thread through a needle
Everything I do is stitched with its color.
W.S. Merwin, born 1927, American.
A pastel on paper, and detail, by Odile Redon, 1840-1916, French, of Mme. Arthur Fontaine when she was 36. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 2016
An Interior with Annette Sewing, 1954, graphite; Alberto Giacometti, 1901-`966; Swiss. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. 2016
Gilbert Stuart, 1725-1828, American,painted this portrait of Catherine Bras(s) Yates in 1793/94. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. 2015
The Needlewoman, oil on canvas, 1640-’50. Diego de Velazquez, 1599-1660. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
The Seamstress, oil on canvas, 1916. Joseph Rodefer DeCamp, 1858-1923, American. Corcoran Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
Girl Tatting, oil on canvas, 1906-08; Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1841-1919, French. Philadelphia Art Museum 2016
A painting in oil on canvas by William Merritt Chase, 1845-1916, American, of his wife, Alice, sewing at their Long Island House in 1896. They had five children and the portrait is sentimentally titled For the Little One. Metropolitan Musuem of Art, New York. 2016.
An 1877 Portrait of Mme Caillebotte embroidering by her son, Gustave Caillebotte, 1848–1894, French. Oil on canvas. Private Collection loaned to an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, New York in 2009.
Mme. de Pompadour, died 1768, embroidering using a tambour frame and an awl. A painting by Francois-Hubert Drouais, 1727-1775, French. Oil on canvas, 1763-’64. National Gallery, London.
Josephine Knitting, 1916; oil on canvas. Edmund Tarbell, 1862-1938, American. Corcoran Collection of The National Gallery, Washington, DC.
Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mifflin; 1773; oil on ticking. John Singleton Copley, 1738-1815, American. Mrs. Mifflin is weaving a decorative fringe on a portable loom which may indicate support for the boycott of British goods. Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Space Needle seen through the black basalt Black Sun made by Isamu Noguchi, 1904-1988, American. Outside the Seattle Museum of Art. 2009.
Young Mother Sewing, oil on canvas. Mary Cassatt, 1824-1926. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Woman Weaving A Crown of Flowers, oil on panel, 1675-1680. Godfried Schalcken, Dutch, 1643-1706. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC