Sunday, September 19, 2021

Losing Linda Eaton


The world of antique textiles lost a great scholar with the death of
Linda Eaton last month. Since 1991 she'd been at the Winterthur Museum, first as textile
conservator and recently retired as textile curator and director of collections.

One of her many accomplishments was updating her predecessor Florence
Montgomery's classic Printed Textiles with new information and color photography.

She curated many exhibits there and published
several books, catalogs and articles.

She was so smart and so thorough---and so generous with her knowledge.
She also taught at the University of Delaware where her students must be lamenting
their loss after Linda's battle with cancer.

A list of some of her exhibits and accompanying seminars with links to get a glimpse of her work:
Note: None of the links are working today. Try a web search for the title of the show.

Quilts in a Material World

Needles and Haystacks: Pastoral Imagery in American Needlework

With Cunning Needle: Four Centuries of Embroidery

The Diligent Needle: Instrument of Profit, Pleasure, and Ornament

Embroidery: The Language of Art

Betsy Ross: The Life Behind the Legend (with Marla Miller)

Treasures on Trial: The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes

Erica Wilson: A Life in Stitches (with Ann Hillaker)

Costuming The Crown

Read more about Linda:


  1. Envió desde este lado del océano abrazos a la familia y amigos de Linda.

  2. She seems to have made very good use of her time here on earth. What an inspiration!