In December, 2015, Museum Textile Services textile conservators Camille Myers Breeze and Morgan Carbone traveled to Boston College to condition report, vacuum and install a tapestry now on display at the Burns Library. While there, we looked at an embroidery done by Lily Yeats and Brigid O'Brien in 1915, which needed some conservation TLC. The newly-purchase embroidery will be on display in “The Arts and Crafts Movement: Making it Irish,” opening at the McMullen Museum at Boston College on February 6, 2016. The exhibit contains over one hundred artifacts from the Irish Arts and Crafts movement.
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Framing the central figures in the embroidery are two banners reading, "The Proud and Careless Notes Live On But Bless Our Hands That Ebb Away." The text is from the W. B. Yeats poem The Players ask for a Blessing on the Psalteries and themselves from his collection of lyrical poems called In the Seven Woods. The poem was also Elizabeth Yeats' first hand-printed publication at Dun Emer, in 1903. W. B. Yeats was the brother of Lily and Elizabeth Yeats. Their other brother, Jack Butler Yeats, designed textiles for both Cuala Industries and the Dun Emer guild.