Collect contemporary fiber art for your enjoyment and support other artists.



First rule of collecting is buy what you like and then consider value – just in case you want to sell your collection. Value depends on design, quality of materials, and quality of work. Having a signed piece is rare in antique fiber art – the majority of the pieces have no attribution.

Collecting involves searching, learning, and making mistakes to refine your skills as a hunter and collector. With knowledge, you can determine and hone the goals you have for your collection and how you spend your time and money adding to it.  Learning happens by looking at a lot of items, reading about them, visiting museums, and talking to other collectors.

Collecting antique fiber art - beadwork, knitting, lace, and quilts fulfills an appreciation of the tremendous work that has been done by women over the ages.

As in any type of art or collectables, damage can affect the value of a piece.

In quilts and beadwork, damage can be forgiven if the piece is rare or unusual, has an unusual design, is particularly old (prior to 1800), or is not too severe.

In your personal collection, you may be willing to accept some damage to have a particular piece.



One difficult decision is preservation versus restoration. Both preservation and restoration will cost money or time.

If you have the skills and if you want to proceed with any restoration, keep in mind that with most antiques, bad restoration is just considered additional damage.