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 industry of 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.
The Kensington stitch used layers, directionality and fine gradations of shade
to achieve the botanical realism we have come to so thoroughly admire.
This is one of the best I've ever seen...
As if they had fallen from your arms onto
a pristine white linen and lace tablecloth, these amazingly realistic silk embroidered
roses show the whimsy and thoughtfulness of the maker in both presentation and
execution....how unusual that the roses are all turned down in the very same way
they would actually fall. Bend down and breath them in....I smell
perfection in a centerpiece, don't you? The creamy white linen is fine and clear.
Freshly laundered and pressed, in excellent condition. c.1890 - 1910
20.5" X 19" -- slightly oval