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Apron Chronicles:
A Patchwork of American Recollections

Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollection

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  • Giving Back

    Over the past eleven years, my Tie One On Day gestures of kindness have centered around deliveries of baked goods, hearty soups and casseroles.   This year’s November deliveries have been of that norm, until my path crossed last Monday with Megan, a long-ago high school classmate of my […]

  • A New Thanksgiving Tradition

      It is especially gratifying to learn of families incorporating Tie One On Day as part of their Thanksgiving. By participating in TOODay, this mom and her young daughter made many people’s day brighter: “My 9 year-old daughter heard about this unique day and wanted to participate […]

  • TIE ONE ON DAY 2016

    “Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal, and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.” On the eve of Thanksgiving some years ago, I wrapped a pie in an apron with a handwritten note of sympathy slipped into the pocket, and delivered […]


About EllynAnne Geisel

EllynAnne Giesel
Since first tying on domestic armor ten years ago, apron expert and essayist EllynAnne Geisel has gathered more than 600 aprons and apron memories from across America. She celebrates the spirit of the men and women who wore aprons through her traveling exhibit, Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections.  


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RAVES & PRAISE of EllynAnne’s Keynote Presentations, Fundraising Events and from Happy Customers

“EllynAnne Geisel is essentially a pioneer in the notion that we tell stories in fabric, in stitches.

When she arrived at NPR with The Apron Book — and a sewing machine! — I think she believed that since she hadn’t been in a war zone, I wouldn’t take her seriously. In fact, I wish people could see the stitching, knitting, tatting, piecing, and so on that go on in that very world.

There is something about telling stories in cloth. I believe in narrative; her work makes this three-dimensional, tactile, and intimate. Thank you, EllynAnne!”
~ Jacki Lyden, Host and Contributing Correspondent at NPR”

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“Oh, EllynAnne, I have tears in my eyes…I love my Apron! It’s beautiful, you are so creative! Even the packaging is a work of art…”Read more…


Apron Stories

Hi EllynAnne,

I wanted to share this photo with you. It was taken by my father at my grandparent Crawford”s house in Memphis, Tennessee on Christmas Day in the late 1950’s.

Apron Stories

My grandmother is standing next to my grandfather who is seated at the head of the table. My dad’s cousins are the other two ladies standing and all three women are dressed to the nines and wearing their freshly laundered and ironed ‘fancy’ aprons for the holidays. My grandmother likely made them and embroidered the designs on them. I can almost smell the homemade yeast rolls on the table, along with all the pies I know are sitting in the kitchen waiting for their turn at the table. Oh to go back and rejoice in those days again.
Thank you for bringing back the memories!

Christi Crawford-Partee
the Ozark Mtns, Arkansas
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Global Apron

Annie Collins (1875 – 1943) grew up in London and worked as a maid for the Harris family (Canadian manufacturer of agricultural machinery and co-founder of the Massey Harris Company, later Massey Ferguson).

Annie Collins

She moved to Paris to follow the Harris family. She married Jean Brass (valet de chambre for the Harris family). Annie and Jean followed their employers when they returned to Canada. The couple stayed in Canada for two years and decided to come back to France because the winters were too cold…   Read more…

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“The hostess with a headache or with aching feet may not show the slightest sign of discomfort – lest this interfere with the pleasure of her guests.  American Cookery, Nov. 1929  - IMAGE COPYRIGHT APRON MEMORIES

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I love creating each apron and I guarantee you will be delighted with your purchase. —EllynAnne Geisel

Each apron is handmade with love. The notecards feature vintage aprons & snapshots with quotes provided by contributors to the Apron Chronicles. The dishware is inspired by the vintage apron patterns in EllynAnne’s collection.
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