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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Creamy antique linen
centerpiece is hand embroidered with amazingly realistic strawberries of finest
silk work in the style of 'society silk'. The edge is finished with an
artistic scallop pattern with sweet fillings, all stitched to perfection.
No detail was
overlooked...blossoms, leaves, berries, stems and seeds are placed there as if
just picked from her garden. Perhaps she sat out in the berry patch
with her needle and floss?! Embroidery is deeply layered to add
dimension and realism to each form. I expect if you laid it on the patio
table it might even confuse the aphids! Minor age in the linen lawn center is
hardly noticeable, and a small gray mark, shown below, is easy to overlook for
all the surrounding beauty. This is a stunning piece!
Excellent condition as shown and described, freshly hand laundered in LeBlanc
Linen Wash. c.1890 - 1910. 23"