Story: Sewing, knitting and textile crafts

James Humphries sewing on board ship, 1851

James Humphries sewing on board ship, 1851

Nineteenth-century settlers sewed on board ship to pass the time, as well as to create garments and other items to use in their new homeland. John Pearse painted James Humphries, a young, single man, sewing a wallet (a bag used to store possessions) on board the Duke of Portland bound for Canterbury in 1851. Pearse also painted other passengers sewing and knitting – all women.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Ink and watercolour by John Pearse

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Sewing, knitting and textile crafts - Home sewing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2021)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013