Project Description

Julia A. Purnell Museum

Julia A. Purnell Museum

Phone: (410)632-0515
Mailing Address:
208 W. Market Street
Snow Hill, Maryland 21863

Fiber Art Group : Basketry, Beading, Braiding, Crochet, Dyeing, Embroidery, Felting, Flocking, Knitting, Knotting, Lace-making, Needlepoint, Other Fiber Work, Other Needlework, Other Weaving Work, Quilting, Rug Hooking, Sewing, Spinning, Tapestry
Worcester County, MD

Provides Instruction: Other Fiber Work

Owner: William Purnell

Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

Fiber Fest: Each year the Julia A. Purnell Museum hosts a Fiber Fest in Autumn, usually in September or October. This year’s Fiber Fest will be held Sept. 30, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, click here.

About the Museum:

Julia A. Purnell created many types of needle art throughout her life, including quilts, cross-stitch and embroidery. At the age of 85, Julia Purnell began embroidering scenes of homes, churches, and gardens in Snow Hill. She entered her art into hobby and craft shows. Her works won the New York and Philadelphia Hobby Shows, and took the Grand Prize at the Wicomico Farm and Home Show. Purnell’s art became well known and in 1941 she was inducted into the National Hobby Hall of Fame.

Julia Purnell’s son, William, was proud of her art and in 1942 he joined his mother in founding the Julia A. Purnell Museum. The museum houses many of Julia Purnell’s works (many others were given away to admirers), tools she used, and memorabilia from her long life. The museum has around 10,000 items and fewer than a third of those can be displayed at any one time, so they are often changing exhibits to display others.  This means there is always something new to see. Watch this 30 second video to learn more about the Museum.

For more information, visit their website or call them at (410)632-0515.

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