A solar system quilt: Communicating science in 1876


Cosmic Threads: A Solar System Quilt from 1876

A serenade to the universe in wool and silk.

In October of 1883, a paper in the nation’s capital reported under the heading “Current Gossip” that “an Iowa woman has spent seven years embroidering the solar system on a quilt” — a news item originally printed in Iowa and syndicated widely in newspapers across the country that autumn and winter. The New York Times reprinted the report as it appeared in the Iowa paper, dismissively qualifying it as a “somewhat comical statement.” The full story is available from Brain Pickings: https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/12/06/ellen-harding-baker-solar-system-quilt/