Abby Wright was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut in 1774. She attended Westfield Academy in 1800-1801, and boarded with the Stebbins family in from 1803-06 while she opened and operated her own school for the education of young girls in South Hadley. She taught reading, writing, and arithmetic, and also skill with needle and thread. The key characteristics of Abby Wright’s technique includes a combination of painting on silk, stitchery on silk and coiled silver thread. By the early 19th century, pictorial needlework constituted a major product for New England schools teaching needlework.