Sewing, Weaving and Spinning in Art

Man and Woman at a Spinning Wheel, Pieter Pietersz. (I), c. 1560 - c. 1570. Despite their individualized features, it is uncertain whether the depiction of this elegantly dressed couple was intended as a portrait. The scene nevertheless carries a clear message. The man holding a tankard is seducing the young woman, who stares directly at us. She must choose between the spinning wheel and the tankard, between virtue and vice.
Man and Woman at a Spinning Wheel, Pieter Pietersz. (I), c. 1560 – c. 1570. Despite their individualized features, it is uncertain whether the depiction of this elegantly dressed couple was intended as a portrait. The scene nevertheless carries a clear message. The man holding a tankard is seducing the young woman, who stares directly at us. She must choose between the spinning wheel and the tankard, between virtue and vice.
Portrait of a Woman, possibly Anne Codde, Maarten van Heemskerck, 1529
Portrait of a Woman, possibly Anne Codde, Maarten van Heemskerck, 1529
Boris Dekhterev - Sleeping Beauty spindle
Boris Dekhterev – Sleeping Beauty
Spinster in een interieur, Jan van Halbeeck, 1600 - 1630
Spinster in een interieur, Jan van Halbeeck, 1600 – 1630
Wevende vrouw, Jan van Halbeeck (possibly copy after), 1610 - c. 1680
Wevende vrouw, Jan van Halbeeck (possibly copy after), 1610 – c. 1680
De spinster, Nicolaes Maes, 1652 - 1662
De spinster, Nicolaes Maes, 1652 – 1662
Peasant Woman Spinning, Thomas Wijck, 1640 - 1677
Peasant Woman Spinning, Thomas Wijck, 1640 – 1677
Vrouw aan spinnewiel, Justus Chevillet, after Johann Kaspar Heilmann, 1762
Vrouw aan spinnewiel, Justus Chevillet, after Johann Kaspar Heilmann, 1762
Spinnende jonge vrouw, Jan Weissenbruch, 1832 - 1880
Spinning young woman, Jan Weissenbruch, 1832 – 1880
Henry Herbert La Thangue Some Poor People Sewing
Henry Herbert La Thangue Some Poor People Sewing
Spinster aan het werk, Leopold Löwenstam, 1852 - 1898
Spinster at her work, Leopold Löwenstam, 1852 – 1898
Zeemeermin van Edam spinnend in een huisje, 1403, anonymous, 1643 - 1645
Mermaid of Edam spinning in a house, 1403, anonymous, 1643 – 1645
Spinnende vrouw in gesprek met vrouw, Johannes Alexander Rudolf Best, 1823
Spinning woman talking to woman, Johannes Alexander Rudolf Best, 1823
The spinning set up is not quite right in this illustration. The spinster would not spin the basic flax straight into a handy ball. First spin one ply onto the spool, then ply individual strands. Then wash. Then dry on a niddy noddy. Then someone holds the skeins as you wind it into a ball. Alternatively you can ball from the niddy noddy. Plus, that castle wheel seems to be missing a bobbin and flyer.
Nikifor Rashchektayev - The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish spinning
Nikifor Rashchektayev – The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish spinning
Alfred Kappes (1850–1994)
Alfred Kappes (1850–1994)
Jack and Jill and Other Nursery Rhymes 1958 Crosspatch draw the latch sit by the fire and spin
Jack and Jill and Other Nursery Rhymes 1958 Crosspatch draw the latch sit by the fire and spin
Boerderij met spinnende vrouw, Richard Adam, 1654 - c. 1720
Farm with spinning woman, Richard Adam, 1654 – c. 1720
Spinnende vrouw voor een huis, Adriaen van Ostade, 1652
Woman spinning in front of a house, Adriaen van Ostade, 1652
Spinnende herderin, Paul van Somer (II), 1670 - 1697
Shepherdess spinning, Paul van Somer (II), 1670 – 1697
Vrouw met spinrokken en een haspel in de handen, Jacques Callot, 1630 - 1661
Woman with distaff and a reel in the hands, Jacques Callot, 1630 – 1661
Woonkamer met zoon Jantje en spinnende slavin Flora, Jan Brandes, 1784
Living room with son Jantje and spinning slave Flora, Jan Brandes, 1784
Halloween A Holiday Book by Lillie Patterson, illustrated by Gil Miret (1963) hearth
Halloween A Holiday Book by Lillie Patterson, illustrated by Gil Miret (1963)
Richard Scarry's Chipmunk's ABC by Roberta Miller, illustrated by Richard Scarry (1963) sewing
Richard Scarry’s Chipmunk’s ABC by Roberta Miller, illustrated by Richard Scarry (1963)
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban (1971)
Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban (1971)
The Sewing Lesson, Jessie Willcox Smith, 1909
The Sewing Lesson, Jessie Willcox Smith, 1909
The Cat Woman and the Spinning Wheel and Other Stories Doctor Bird Reading Series set in Jamaica
The Cat Woman and the Spinning Wheel and Other Stories Doctor Bird Reading Series set in Jamaica
George Sand The Pink Cloud wool Svetlana Kim 1982
George Sand The Pink Cloud wool Svetlana Kim 1982
Hubert von Herkomer – Eventide – A Scene in the Westminster Union 1878. It depicts women at St James’s Workhouse, in Soho, London. Although sparsely furnished and decorated, Herkomer depicts the workhouse as a relatively comfortable place. Most of the women are sewing. They are painted as ‘crone’ archetypes, and although their mouths are closed, it appears they have long since lost most or all of their teeth.
Phoebe Wahl
Phoebe Wahl
Illustration by Kawakami Shiro ( 川上四郎 絵) forKodomo no kuni (Children's Land), c1920s and 30s sewing
Illustration by Kawakami Shiro ( 川上四郎 絵) forKodomo no kuni (Children’s Land), c1920s and 30s
Bertha Wegmann (Danish, 1847 - 1926)
Bertha Wegmann (Danish, 1847 – 1926)
Floris Arntzenius, (1864 - 1925) Daily chores
Floris Arntzenius, (1864 – 1925) Daily chores
Norman Rockwell - Threading the needle (1922)
Norman Rockwell – Threading the needle (1922)
Samuel Uhrdin. He was born in Siljansnäs Dalarna Sweden sewing
Samuel Uhrdin. He was born in Siljansnäs Dalarna Sweden
In-The-Orphanage-at-Katwijk-Binnen-by-David-Adolph-Constant-Artz-c1870-c1890-3000x2232
In-The-Orphanage-at-Katwijk-Binnen-by-David-Adolph-Constant-Artz-c1870-c1890-3000×2232
by Anton Pieck 1895-1987
by Anton Pieck 1895-1987
Anton Franciscus Pieck (19 April 1895 – 24 November 1987) night women inside sewing
Anton Franciscus Pieck (19 April 1895 – 24 November 1987)
Arthur Hacker - A Difficulty 1888
Arthur Hacker – A Difficulty 1888
Woman Sewing, Carl Larsson, 1912
Woman Sewing, Carl Larsson, 1912
'Young Mother Sewing (1900)' painted by Mary Cassatt
‘Young Mother Sewing (1900)’ painted by Mary Cassatt
THE BITING EYE (1960) André François
THE BITING EYE (1960) André François
Victoria Sewing Machine advertising lithograph. Artist Imp. B. Sirven, circa 1903, France
Victoria Sewing Machine advertising lithograph. Artist Imp. B. Sirven, circa 1903, France
by Marcus Campbell, 1952, sewing machine
by Marcus Campbell, 1952, sewing machine
Art by J. Frederick Smith 1947 sewing
Art by J. Frederick Smith 1947
From the 1944 book What Miranda Knew illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones
From the 1944 book What Miranda Knew illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones
Nans van Leeuwen (1900 - 1995) Dutch cat women
Nans van Leeuwen (1900 – 1995), Dutch illustrator.
Frank Holl - The Song of the Shirt 1874 sewing
Frank Holl – The Song of the Shirt 1874
The Fitting, Viktor Schramm (Romanian), 1900 sewing
The Fitting, Viktor Schramm (Romanian), 1900
Peter Gut sewing
Peter Gut
Carl Larsson, (1853-1919), Sweden The girl weaving red gold bands
Carl Larsson, (1853-1919), Sweden The girl weaving red gold bands
1933 July weaving japan
1933 July
1935 July, cover by Roger Duvoisin
1935 July, cover by Roger Duvoisin, who also illustrated children’s books
Kinuko Craft - Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave
Kinuko Craft – Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave
Princess With A Spindle, 1896
Brünhild Schlötter for Sleeping Beauty c1938, castle wheel for a spinning wheel, less commonly depicted in picture books
Margaret at the Spinning Wheel, from Goethe’s Faust illustrated by Willy Pogány (1908)
Thomas Wilmer Dewing – The Spinner
George Sand The Pink Cloud spinning Svetlana Kim 1982
World War 2 poster sew for victory
World War 2 poster sew for victory
Stevan Dohanos 1946 valentine for mother cross stitch sewing
Stevan Dohanos 1946

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