Follow the Thread

a textile & costume history blog from the Design Center at Thomas Jefferson University

Meet Hope Porter


Hello there! My name is Hope Porter, and I’m a third year in Textile Design. It’s been passing in a flash, but I’ve really been enjoying it! I’ve loved fabric since my mom taught me how to sew when I was in fourth grade, but I didn’t realize that textile design was a potential career until I stumbled upon Jefferson when I came with a friend for his portfolio review. As they say, the rest is history.

Berlin woolwork slippers, 1830-1880, T&CC1983.48.1a,b

Weaving is my personal favorite, but I do also enjoy knitting, and in my own time, I also enjoy embroidery. When I took the History of Costume and Textiles course, that’s when I knew that I wanted to spend all the time in the Design Center I could, and that’s also what rekindled my interest in embroidery. My final project involved reinterpreting the design on a pair of house slippers from the 1850s, and I really enjoyed it.

Over the summer, I worked as an interpreter at a historical farm near my hometown, furthering my historical fabric knowledge and getting acquainted with an extremely old loom, so I can’t wait to continue diving deeper into textile history here on campus!

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