The society silk style of
embroidery began as a past time in England long before it came to America.
For some women it eventually became a way to earn a living from home.
Perhaps the original American cottage industry, fine silk embroideries could be
produced at home and then sold as lots to linen houses for sale in a wider
market. "Society silk" is a popular reference to the Royal Society of
Embroidery that produced the silk floss, embroidery patterns and promoted the
cottage embroidery of finer pieces. Additionally, they promoted embroidery
"clubs" that fostered friendly competition between members to produce the finest
work. This glorious piece of embroidery came from that period and
represents the very best of technique, materials and design.
Antique linen and hand
made tape lace runner is exquisitely embroidered with silk roses, stems and
petals. Finest linen tape lace was made by hand for this amazing
piece....nothing else would do for such a delectable slice of perfection.
The padded embroidery is perfectly shaded in grand Kensington stitch style that
replicates the subtleties of dimension and color of the rose in full bloom.
Scattered petals are the whimsical, unexpected touch...a hallmark of the style.
A single faint gray mark in the linen ground is the only "flaw". An
indulgent, feminine treat... Excellent condition, offered as found. c.1900
17" X 34.5"