“Hosting EllynAnne’s exhibit, Tie One On… An Apron of Course, was an absolute pleasure start to finish. The personal stories touched every one of our visitors. People of all ages and backgrounds came out of the exhibit excited to share their own apron stories and memories with staff, often with tears in their eyes. The aprons and what they represent really created a connection with our community that was a joy to see. We would highly recommend Tie One On to anyone looking for an meaningful and engaging exhibition for their institution.”Lindsey G. Hinnrichs, Programming
Old Courthouse Heritage Museum
THE APRON BOOK Podcast SeriesIn conjunction with the release of a new edition of THE APRON BOOK - Author EllynAnne Geisel introduces some audio #ApronStories Listen in below:
- THE APRON BOOK Podcast EllynAnne Geisel, Beth Livesay, Tracy Wahl 27:48
- THE APRON BOOK Podcast - Episode 2 EllynAnne Geisel, Judith Gregory Olson 4:09
- THE APRON BOOK Podcast - Episode 3 - Leslie Dodge EllynAnne Geisel, Tracy Wahl, Leslie Dodge 5:47
- THE APRON BOOK Podcast - Episode 4 - Erin Owens and Cristie Coffman EllynAnne Geisel, Erin Owens, Cristie Coffman 8:33
- THE APRON BOOK Podcast - Ray Moore EllynAnne Geisel, Tracy Wahl, Ray Moore 5:17
- THE APRON BOOK Podcast - Episode 6 - Cristie Coffman EllynAnne Geisel, Cristie Coffman 3:50
- THE APRON BOOK Podcast - Episode 7 - Bennie Swanson EllynAnne Geisel, Bennie Swanson 4:16
- THE APRON BOOK Podcast - Episode 8 - Lynn Holle Moore EllynAnne Geisel, Lynn Holle Moore 4:05
- THE APRON BOOK Podcast - Episode 9 - Erin Owens EllynAnne Geisel, Erin Owens 4:05
“This photo was taken by my father at my grandparent Crawford’s house in Memphis, Tennessee on Christmas Day in the late 1950’s.
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 sewed 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.”
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).
She moved to Paris to follow the Harris family. She married Jean Brass (valet de chambre for the 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 >>
Since first tying on domestic armor 20 years ago, apron archaeologist EllynAnne Geisel gathered more than 600 aprons and apron memories from across America. Following the completion of her Apron Chronicles’ sixteen-year touring, she continues her apron journey through her new traveling exhibit, Tie One On…an apron, of course!
She is the author of the award-winning The Apron Book: Making, Wearing and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort, The Kitchen Linens Book: Making,Wearing and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort and a companion little gift book, Apronisms: Pocket Wisdom for Every Day.
“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
“Telling your apron stories with humor and an obvious love of the subject delighted our sell-out audiences. Your presentations are not only unique but charming and lively. Apron memories will be equally mixed with memories of your visit.”
~ Melissa Barnard, Library Director Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, Midland, Michigan
Nov/Dec 2023 - Saturday Evening Post - Aprons: The Ties That Bind
May 2021 - CPR interview with Ryan Warner
FCS Day 2021
EllynAnne’s presentation to the 2021 FCS Celebration
Vintage Colorado Aprons
Rocky Mountain PBS & VINTAGE COLORADO interview with EllynAnne and her love of aprons: