© Memorial Hall Museum, Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
A Frances and Mary Allen photograph of a three-panel folding screen demonstrates one use for Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework embroidery. Low screens might be positioned before a fireplace, or hide a decoratively unappealing spot in a room. Larger screens could be used as room dividers. This embroidered and appliqued screen, featuring a row of animated trees rising from a foreground strewn with stylized flowers, dates to 1903 and was commissioned by a Massachusetts client. The oak frame was likely built by one of the Deerfield Arts and Crafts movement's woodworkers, Dr. Edwin Thorn, Caleb Allen or Charles Franklin. A photograph of this needlework screen was published in the December 1902 edition of The Craftsman magazine.