Vintage and Antique Linens by Em's Heart

Antique Society Silk

Embroidered "Strawberries" Centerpiece

Item Number T36108

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.  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"

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Antique linen "Strawberries" centerpiece, society silk embroidery and design


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