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. This glorious piece of embroidery came from that
period and represents the very best of technique, materials and design. ***
If you would like to know more about this amazing style of embroidery, I
recommend a new book by Donna Cardwell. Find it at:
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for only the best?
A rose dropped
on it's face appears to have fallen there from hands full of blooms freshly cut
just moments ago...
A creamy antique linen
tea cloth is hand embroidered with brilliant pink and green silks in a border of
roses in every stage of bloom, from bud to seed. The edge is finished in a
shaded repeating pattern that, like a perfect frame, directs the eye to the
picture and takes little applause for itself.
No detail was overlooked
-- thorns, petals, upturned leaves. Minor age in the linen lawn is
hardly noticeable, and a small separation in the linen next to an embroidered
form, shown below, will be hard to find. Breathtaking!
Excellent condition as shown and described, offered as found. c.1890 -