Donation of Grandmother’s Embroidery and Crochet

Gift of Wanda (Zeller) Peterson, Fargo, North Dakota, 9 November 2010.

Photographs by Michael M. Miller and Acacia (Jonas) Stuckle.

Finding Aid to the Wanda (Zeller) Peterson Collection.

Textiles and clothing donated to the GRHC, NDSU Libraries, Fargo, are housed at the
Emily P. Reynolds Historic Costume Collection Department of Apparel, Design and Hospitality Management, College of Human Development and Education, NDSU.


Wanda Peterson of Fargo brought in hand work done by her grandmother Leontina Mueller (Mrs. Henry) Zeller. She looks on as Pam Burkhardt, GRHC Collections’ Manager, admires an embroidered towel.

A guest towel embroidered with white floss has the initial “M.” Leontina was born in 1898 in Delmont, Douglas County, SD, the daughter of William and Katherine (Stickel) Mueller.

Lace fragment.

Leontina did beautiful crochet work. Wanda brought in two deep pieces of lace which might have been fancy guest towel edgings or, more likely, decorative shelf edgings called lambrequins. One of the two was donated.

Table runner.

The runner at the top has two filet crochet ends with small crosses in the pattern. The thread is very fine. A towel is embroidered on one end with a sinuous line of French knots in blue. There are three yellow daisies with gray centers on a cross-hatching of white leaves. It has a simple crocheted edging.

Wanda Peterson donated two table runners, two guest towels and the shelf lace. A white and green crocheted potholder shown in the photo was not part of the donation.

Table runner.

Wanda Peterson of Fargo brought in hand work done by her grandmother Leontina Mueller (Mrs. Henry) Zeller. A plain cotton huck-weave fabric has a cotton crocheted edging on both short ends. The pattern is three tight bands of double stitch ending in a point consisting of blocks joined by chains with picots.


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