Vintage and Antique Linens by Em's Heart
Antique Society Silk Embroidered Centerpiece
"Roses and Lace"
Item Number T32408
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 and design.
Perfect plum wild roses are inter laced with a meandering green border on this frilly little antique linen embroidered tea cloth after the society silk style. A hand lace finish is ruffled for that little bit of extra whooosh of cottage charm. Gorgeous, below, on my friend Donna's vintage wicker tea table. That's her beautiful back yard, Oh my! She just finished a book on society silk embroidery...the printing starts any day....twill be released at end of Summer....oops...got off track!! Freshly laundered and pressed, in excellent, near perfect condition. c.1890 - 1910 28" X 31" -- very slightly oval
Antique society silk embroidered roses centerpiece or tea cloth with lace
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