What was most interesting to me though were two sections of the museum. One is a permanent exhibit called Skilled Hands and High Ideals. It features needlework, metal work, woodwork, pottery and more from the early 20th century - all made in Deerfield by skilled artisans and artists. Tucked away on the third floor, it is a gem of a collection.
If you can't get to Deerfield, you can check out the special website built just for this collection -- The Arts and Craft Moment in Deerfield. Here are my favorite pieces from this collection. All photos taken from this mentioned website.
I loved the imagery of the beading and the sculptural quality of the work. The motifs are very familiar to me - flowers and leaves and geometric shapes that I often use in my own work. (Crappy cellphone photos by me - sorry about the reflections in the glass.)