LEWISTON – Robyn Holman, director of exhibitions at The University of Southern Maine’s L-A College, is preparing an exhibit of fine linens, cutwork, embroidery, baptismal outfits, layettes, women’s wear, accessories, and woven textile fabrics from the college’s Franco-American collections.

A treasure trove of fine heirlooms, the collection was donated to the college by the late Madeleine D. Giguere and her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Eustache Napoleon Giguere of Lewiston.

The Franco-American exhibit, titled “Un point a temps,” will run April 17-June 30 in the display window at the Franco-American Archives.

Many items in the collection are from the Dominican nuns of Nancy, France. Holman invited members of Stitches That Bind, a local embroidery group, to help her select items for the exhibit and to aid in identifying the stitches, cutwork and different techniques used to create these delicate heirlooms from the turn of the century through the 1920-30s.

A separate exhibit of works by these craftswomen will run concurrently. It’s titled “Stitches That Bind, needlework by Lewiston-Auburn area members of the Southern Maine Chapter, The Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc.” This exhibit will be in the Atrium Art Gallery.


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