Object Name crochet, doily

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Star shaped doily with deep border of fairly fine crocheted lace. Pattern changes from a circular form and increases to a star shape. Central panel is brocade woven linen in an off centre flower and leaf pattern.

Current Accession Number 3619

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Object Name modesty vest

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A rectangle of fine net with a triangular inset of needle lace. A single floral motif forms the Centre of the triangle, the petals decorated with net darning patterns, a buttonholed scalloped border finishes the lower edge. The whole piece is natural coloured.

Current Accession Number 3620

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Object Name collar

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Modesty vest with a square front of geometric floral patterned chemical lace ending in a pineapple design above the bust line. The same depth of lace covers the back. This is opened for access and has commercial hooks and eyes attached. A band of chemical lace forms the neck. The sleeve cappings are fanned out from a central shoulder point. These are constructed from a net based machine lace made at an earlier date. Modesty vest is possibly designed for a sleeveless dress.

Current Accession Number 3628

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Object Name lace, collar

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A square shaped collar of deep needle lace with distorted scalloped edge. Designed to be worn in a triangular fashion with the front and back corners of the square being softer and more rounded. The collar is not a flat square it has a slight cone shape to allow it to lie comfortably on the shoulders, to enable the lace to fall gently over the form. The lace embroidery patterns are stitched onto a net ground. A deep flower and leaf border forms the lower edge and leads to a pattern of flowing swags and more free flowers nearer the neck opening.

Current Accession Number 3563

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Object Name lace collar

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An ecru needle lace collar in one complete piece with an opening for the head. Lace forms a decorative point at the front, is rounded at the back and falls into shoulder trims on each side. The lace consists of an all over pattern of flowers interspersed with bands of small swirls.

Current Accession Number 3623

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Object Name cuff

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A single small white work cuff, possibly a child's with a plain straight fine muslin band on the side. The decorative part of the cuff consists of a shaped piece of fabric with scalloped edge rising to a point at the centre. The edge has been finely buttonhole stitched. Each scallop holds a satin stitch flower which is followed by a line of formal geometric pierced stitches and then a formal sprigged leaf pattern. The cuff has been hand embroidered on a fine cotton muslin

Current Accession Number 3632

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Object Name bonnet

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Fine cotton lawn bonnet, unfinished. Quite large, possibly for a child but could be for adult use. The machine embroidery decoration is both delicate and intense. A formal raised spot pattern decorates the band around the front, the main body of the bonnet comprises of a linear open-work ladder pattern interspersed with a linear vermicelli stitch spotted with a padded leaf pattern. The bonnet back motif consists of a repeat of the front band and a single stem of leaf and flowers.

Current Accession Number 3631

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Object Name christening robe, bodice

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White work bodice from a christening gown. Strips of hand sewing machine trim have been purchased and either applied to a fine cotton lawn ground or have been caught in seams to form a frill. Feather stitch has been used to cover all joins and to decorate the neck and waist band. Fine draw strings are threaded through the neck and waist channels. Bodice for a girl.

Current Accession Number 3629

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Object Name lace handkerchief

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A professionally produced bobbin lace handkerchief edging surrounds a cream silk fabric centre. The lace edging is joined quite crudely along one side and the silk centre has been added later possibly by women in a domestic situation. The silk centre may have been a replacement for an earlier fabric.

Current Accession Number 3627

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Object Name tray cloth

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A rectangular tray cloth in natural linen. The cloth is divided into sections by pulled stitch bands. Close to each of the four corners a rectangle of the fabric has been removed and the space filled by a different needle lace pattern, each one a formal floral. The cloth has then been edged with bullion knots.

Current Accession Number 3633

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Object Name lace tube

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A knotted lace tube in white cotton thread. Two bands of diamond-shaped pattern are integrated within a pronged 'crows foot' pattern. A plain knotted band finishes one end of the tube and the other end opens out into a flounce of scalloped shapes. Made in one piece with no stitched join.

Current Accession Number 3626

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Object Name lace coaster

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Six fine lace table coasters for drinking glasses. Tape lace lines form the central design of a circle of flower shapes. Needle lace fillings form a wider band of pattern around the outer edge and the central motif.

Current Accession Number 3625

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Object Name lace doily

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A medium-sized oval-shaped doily, white, with a fairly fine knotted netting lace edge. The lace pattern consists of long threads knotted into a uniform pattern that culminates in a border of knotted triangular shapes. The effect is simple and delicate. An Irish linen brocade with a shamrock motif forms the doily's centre. The pieced seams are decorated with feather stitch embroidery.

Current Accession Number 3624

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Object Name watch pockets

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A pair of watch pockets in Berlin work. A tear drop shaped back has a pocket front attached to contain the watches or small items of personal adornment. A small mother of pearl disc in the shape of a flower is stitched into the centre of a leaf spray pattern on the back at the top. The disc holds a hook on which to hang watch chains etc. A single floral motif with leaves decorates the front of the pocket. This motif is set on to a rich crimson ground of canvas stitches. Each flower has a cluster of false pearl beads edged with metallic beads. Glass beads and white beads make up the rest of the decoration as well as the fringe around the pocket edge. Both pockets are suspended on crimson satin ribbons. Additional information - pattern pieces included

Current Accession Number 3644

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Object Name stockings

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Two cream silk and mercerised cotton stockings (a pair). Fine machine knitting with thicker knitting on the toe and heel turn and the stocking top. One of the stockings bears the inscription 'made of silk and mercerised cotton in USA' It is possible that the stockings have never been worn.

Current Accession Number 3634

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Object Name felt evening bag

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A small flat shield-shaped evening bag. The main body consists of dark pink felt on one side and pale pink felt on the reverse side. The single handle and top trim is also in pale pink felt. A large stylised seed head pattern in cream corded silk is at the centre of the design, point to the bottom on one side and point to the top on the reverse. This shape is decorated with a curvaceous linear pattern in couched gold thread, black thread in herringbone stitch and pale blue thread. The threads are interspersed with pale blue and black beads. A mass of pale blue beads with a line of black 'dots' at the centre.

Current Accession Number 3642

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Object Name sampler

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A rectangular mid to late twentieth century sampler in bright thread on a natural linen ground. Short lengths of many different kinds of surface stitches in mauve, green, yellow, orange and red set in a crosshatch type pattern. The blocks of line are set against each other but fairly close together giving a bright exciting surface. The thread is a mixture of stranded cotton and silk and is fairly fine.

Current Accession Number 3648

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Object Name stitched panel

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A rectangular panel pieced in unequal strips of cream cloth with a pink square woven into it, white transparent fabric with a pink spot and a strip of pale pink linen. The linen has a pattern of three leaves cut into it which are filled with the transparent fabric and part stitched with blue lines. The cream fabric has three circles divided by parallel lines in blue and grey and outlined in green and grey. The design is united by large figure of eight swirls in pink and green and interspersed by more blue spots and circles. The effect is very lively.

Current Accession Number 3647

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Object Name border

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A dramatic border, possibly for female outer dress. Gold metallic fabric supports a simple vine flower design in black thread with satin stitched flowers in cream with black flashes. The gold area is framed in cream wool fabric and the shape highlighted by parallel lines of chenille embroidery in a gentle scalloped pattern. The border has been cut from the original cloth and part of it is missing.

Current Accession Number 3646

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Object Name circular embroidery

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A cream satin circle possibly the crown of a hat wired at the edges to retain the shape. Supports an elaborate pattern of applied floral motifs interspersed by lines of pink plastic half beads and twists of silver green metallic thread emanating from the circle's centre. The floral pattern has been outlined in metallic gold thread on to transparent fabric and decorated with lines of clear glass beads, green oval metallic discs and round gold metallic discs. These form flower petals and centres. This fine embroidery has been crudely attached to the satin ground.

Current Accession Number 3645

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Object Name beaded fragment

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A small fragment from a fine silk black dress with a vertical linear pattern of organic stripes ending in natural points. The strips are depicted in small lead coloured glass beads. The beads have been tambour-stitched in place.

Current Accession Number 3636

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Object Name beaded fragment

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A fragment of velvet backed with a double layer of cotton fabric. A design in the form of a vine in dark green beads with flower buds and lighter green leaves on alternate sides interspersed with blue and pink flowers travels the length of the fragment. Velvet faded from red to a brown beige. Original colour showing at the edge. Beads stitched on by hand.

Current Accession Number 3635

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Object Name dress tie, collar

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A long simple black silk satin tie, possibly from a women's blouse or dress with a 'modern' pattern in beads and fine metallic thread embroidery. Metallic bugle beads are attached in horizontal straight lines alternately with very fine lines of chain stitch. The quality of the chain stitch indicates that it has been stitched by a single thread sewing machine, possibly a Cornely. A single band of pattern provides the horizontal lines. This is a fine but dense area of chain stitch with an elegant swag pattern running through the middle edges in smaller blue to pink metallic beads.

Current Accession Number 3640

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Object Name bead collar

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A heavy metallic glass bead collar falling in deep points at the front and the back with bead fringing along the entire edge. The main fabric of the collar is richly decorated with an overall flower pattern. The use of metallic glass beads is relieved by metallic sequins which 'lift' the design. The collar has a band of hooks and eyes at the front indicating that the two halves of the collar join to form a repeat of the back pattern. The collar has been cut from another garment, possibly a dress or jacket.

Current Accession Number 3639

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Object Name evening bag

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A rectangular evening bag constructed using a netted method. Fine black beads form the main ground. Grey metallic beads are woven into the black to form a Greek key pattern at the bottom of the bag and two thirds of the way up. The pattern areas are broken up by a tiny star design, also in metallic beads. A fine fringe of metallic beads weighted with heavier black glass beads finishes the bottom of the bag. The bag is lined with black silk and metallic thread drawstrings act as both closing mechanism and handles.

Current Accession Number 3638

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Object Name beaded dress fragment

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A small fragment of Art Deco beading from a 1920s dress or blouse. The ground is fine cream transparent silk crepe with a design of three triangles of beads. The lower triangle has a bound edge indicating that it formed part of a hem. The two upper triangles fall in a more random sequence following a seam. The beads are tambour-stitched on to the silk crepe in horizontal lines. These are shaded, black beads at one point through to grey, then clear glass and white thread a the top two points of the angle.

Current Accession Number 3641

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Object Name baby gown bodice

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A white cotton bodice from a baby's gown, possibly a christening gown. The garment sleeves and collar frill are constructed from strips of purchased trim. The centre front and back bodice are decorated with pieced strips of domestically embroidered broderi anglais. Main construction sewing is by machine and the bodice has been finished by hand. A split in the bodice front has been crudely mended.

Current Accession Number 3630

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Object Name Turkish embroidery

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The end torn from a Turkish sash or towel embroidered with two abstract flower heads. The hand woven fabric ground is light and slightly crimped with courser bands of thread running through from side to side. The embroidery design featuring two flower heads covers most of the end of the length. The basic shape consists of two cupped lines in metal thread. Pointing outwards from the u-shapes are petal shapes in cream silk with magenta centres. The second cup shape has alternate spots of turquoise blue and magenta silk embroidery on either side of the stem and the flower centre offers a turquoise 'stalk' with a green collar, magenta petals and pink centre. The area surrounding the flower heads is decorated with abstract shapes in turquoise and magenta silk and spots of metal thread.

Current Accession Number 3661

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Object Name purse

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A small flat square bag or purse with a deep fringed bottom and a fine braid woven shoulder strap. The sides and the top of the purse are finished with a narrow, tightly woven, cylindrical braid. The braid is decorated with a double row of diamond shapes in white, dark green and blue that resemble eyes. The braid finishes on both sides with three tassels of very fine tufted weaving which ends in a longer tassel. The bag's main design consists of one and a half very finely woven abstract hexagonal shapes in bands of grey, green, red and pink with natural coloured details. The craftsmanship is highly skilled.

Current Accession Number 3662

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Object Name Pair of costume dolls

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A pair of costume dolls made from wire covered with nylon stocking material. The body and basic clothing shapes are achieved by wrapping thin wool threads around the appropriate areas. The main costume parts are woven in the traditional manner in predominately red with a single wide striped band of pink and blue. The woman's striped band is horizontal and on her skirt, the man's vertical band is on his top over-garment. The man wears an orange bonnet style hat and carries a sliver stick and the woman wears a crowned white hat with a decoration of threads around the brim. The woman carries a spindle and has a baby tucked into the shawl on her back.

Current Accession Number 3663

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Object Name woven belt

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A narrow hand woven belt in vertical bands of red, black, white, mauve, green, yellow and orange. In two places the geometric is interrupted by a white design that resembles an abstract half face. The belt ties are formed by a tassel, half of which is yellow the other mauve, that has a twisted mixed cord attached.

Current Accession Number 3664

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Object Name embroidered strip

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Two strips of fine Chinese embroidery have been sewn together with herringbone stitch and edged with a fine gold and purple braid also sewn on with herringbone stitch. The resulting length's ends are both tapered and finish with knotted tassels, obviously from the same garment as the embroidered strips. Fine flowers, butterflies, bats and ribbons have been embroidered in Peking knot stitch in a variety of colours. The motifs are all edged with couched metal or silk thread and the pattern placed freely on a fine brocaded silk ground in grey beige. The current form is not the original and the herringbone stitch is Western.

Current Accession Number 3666

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Object Name embroidered fragment

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Two strips of fine counted thread embroidery running on either side of a seam, possibly a dress fragment. The embroidery is formed by the use of two stitches, gobelin stitch and cross stitch. The pattern takes the shape of large diamonds built from blocks of triangles. The background colour is magenta and the pattern predominantly white with random yellow, grey and pink blocks. A check band runs on either side of the seam.

Current Accession Number 3665

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Object Name Turkish embroidery, fragment

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A fragment of Turkish embroidery, possibly cut from a Turkish towel. The ground fabric is natural coloured homespun and home woven linen with an interesting border pattern. The embroidery pattern consists of a flowing metal thread tendril with blue and natural coloured flower heads and green leaves branching off it. Two large strawberry like fruit are central to the design. The smaller of the two in natural silk thread and the larger in bright coral pink silk thread. The embroidery stitches are so skilfully used that it is difficult to see which is the 'right' side of the work.

Current Accession Number 3659

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Object Name panel

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A raised appliqué and appliqué panel in bright colours with a red crochet edge. The panel depicts a village festival scene with a bonfire at the centre surrounded by small houses and in the distance are mountains. The sun is peeping from behind the mountains indicating that it is either going down or coming up. The women are dressed in bright yellow, magenta and blue skirts with braid trims and the men in bright blue, red or pink trousers with bright shirts. Both men and women carry cut out instruments in leather. The landscape consists of flat appliquéd cloth pieces in bright mid green in the foreground and middle ground. The green is a flower print indicating spring or summer. The foreground is a brighter green and the mountains are dark greys and red. The word 'YUNSA' is written in the bright blue sky.

Current Accession Number 3660

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Object Name sampler

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A small sampler with the alphabet repeated three times in different colours. Numbers up to twelve continue the pattern towards the bottom and a bird, two cradles on either side of the letter 'E', two trees, three lions and a geometric pattern adorn the bottom. The name 'Eliza' is stitched into the border. Natural linen ground with natural dyed embroidery thread used for the cross stitch embroidery. The pinks, pale greens and yellows have faded badly.

Current Accession Number 3658

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Object Name sampler

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An unfinished square sampler featuring random blocks of pulled thread stitches. The lined ground is cream coloured as is the embroidery thread used to create the stitches.

Current Accession Number 3657

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Object Name Kingfisher panel

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A rectangular panel consisting of a top layer of organdie and a bottom layer of fine cotton voile the two edged together with pink buttonhole stitch. The design features a long branch of Wisteria that travels around the top and right hand side of the rectangle with overlarge flower heads and leaves hanging down from it over a pool with stylised reeds and water lilies floating in it. A Kingfisher is perched on a lower branch of the Wisteria. The main objects in the design are coloured from the back of the top layer of organdie with infill of dense reverse herringbone stitch. This results in a soft overall colour in the pattern areas highlighted by a brighter outline. The panel is semi transparent, the colour brightens when it is held up to the light.

Current Accession Number 3651

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Object Name shawl, edging

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Three lengths of black silk fringed and knotted edging cut from a large Canton Shawl. The silk thread has been attached to the edge of the shawl and knotted to a depth of 100mm then left to fall as a loose fringe. A tiny fragment of embroidery remains on one of the cut edges indicating that the black silk centre of the shawl was possibly decorated with a scrolling pattern of brown silk satin stitch stems, soft fine green leaves and proportionally small pale pink flowers with brighter pink centres. The overall effect must have been fine and delicate.

Current Accession Number 3652

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Object Name sampler

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A mid grey linen sampler with alternating horizontal lines of pulled thread stitch examples and surface stitch examples. Electric blue and black cotton perle thread has been used for the embroidery work.

Current Accession Number 3653

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Object Name tray cloth

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A rectangular tray cloth in turquoise green linen, the turned edges machine stitched. The rectangle has been divided into six squares with single lines of surface embroidery. Repeated at the centre of each square is a single heart shape placed on the left to right diagonal. The hearts have snowflake style patterns at their centres, at the bottom and at the sides. All embroidery is in white linen thread and the only stitch used is Maltese cross filling.

Current Accession Number 3654

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Object Name sampler

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A long rectangular sampler worked on a natural linen ground in mid and dark blue thread and yellow and red thread. Stitches consist of a range of counted thread techniques and surface stitches used in a counted thread format. At the centre bottom is a single natural coloured square in pulled thread work with a bird image. The work is fine and imaginative and the overall effect striking.

Current Accession Number 3655

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Object Name head band

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A small silk head-dress or band possibly for a bridesmaid. The decoration consists of a graduating band of roses and rose buds, blue flowers and blue and purple berries all made by manipulating silk and in some instances, covering cotton padded shapes. The tones of silk are close and the hues, mainly pink and mauve, are set in a shot silk of blue, green.

Current Accession Number 3656

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Object Name tray cloth

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A rectangular natural linen tray cloth. The edges are formed by large cut work scallops each with a leaf shape appearing from behind and ending on the surface. These are edged in green stitching. Approximately one quarter of the cloth is taken up by a diagonal design, also in bold cut-work, of a blue stylised bow with a stylised pink rose on either side surrounded by leaves. All colour work is executed in buttonhole stitch.

Current Accession Number 3650

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Object Name embroidered strip

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A long strip of fabric with a small running stitch triangular pattern embroidered in rows running from side to side along the entire length. The repeat is only broken in two places where an isolated rectangle allows the pattern to run in the other direction along the length of the fabric. These two rectangles contain two larger formal triangles with a formalised plant pattern inside and linking them together, the small triangular pattern continues to run behind. There seems to be more than one layer of ground fabric resulting in a quilted look to the embroidery.

Current Accession Number 3682

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Object Name embroidered trim

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A long, fairly narrow strip of embroidery cut from the edge of a Cashmere shawl or jacket. The original garment must have been predominantly cream as the cut edge has a cream background. The pattern consists of alternate Paisley patterns and a cup shape filled with flower shapes. The embroidery is very dense and the colour a rich mixture of mostly reds with orange, blue, green and black used to play one area of pattern off against another. The whole decorated edge is finished with a green woven line. The effect is very rich.

Current Accession Number 3683

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Object Name headscarf

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A square shaped headscarf in a fine open weave creating a semi transparent fabric. The fibre is a white synthetic with a lustre finish. This creates a translucent shimmering effect. The scarf is edged in a fine green cord with small circular needle lace 'flowers' placed at 55 mm intervals.

Current Accession Number 3667

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Object Name dress trim

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A length of black silk ribbon woven with a pattern of fine transparent horizontal line and edged with a hem on both sides. The main decoration is in the form of a vine style convolvulus pattern running the length of the ribbon. Hand embroidered in natural dyed silk, the flowers are coloured a pale pink and shaded and the leaves are in two shades of mauve. The whole effect has a 'Japanese' feel about it.

Current Accession Number 3668

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Object Name doily

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A small circular needle lace doily. Needle lace tapes have been made and laid in a central flower pattern with a outer circle with double wave edge. Button hole bars have then been worked to join the main design together. Button hole stitch has been used as an infill for the central flower motif.

Current Accession Number 3687

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Object Name applique panel

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A panel in fairly crude appliqué depicting a beach scene with very bright blue sea and desert island with coconut palms. The beach is peopled with nudist sunbathers and others are swimming, sailing and surfing. All the figures are strongly male or female and appliquéd in bright pink stuffed stockinette . A selection of beach playthings such as radios, beach balls, surf boards, flip flops, umbrellas, bags and towels are appliquéd in other bright colours. The word 'PLOYO' is stitched at the top near to the sun on the horizon.

Current Accession Number 3669

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Object Name woven table mat, tray cloth

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A cream coloured mat woven with light cotton thread in a combination of two vertical stripes, one in a very loose weave and the other in a tighter one giving the impression of different levels of transparency. The denser of the two weaves has a stylised bird pattern travelling across from left to right.

Current Accession Number 3670

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Object Name woven table mat, tray cloth

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A cream coloured woven table mat in alternating vertical stripes of open weave. Alternate stripes contain a chevron pattern and a geometric flower pattern. There are tassels at the corners made from the same soft cotton fibre. The effect is soft and natural.

Current Accession Number 3671

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Object Name embroidered fragment

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A single formal flower motif embroidered on to a plain-woven cotton ground in open chain stitch. The flower pattern is in traditional style and is embroidered in red natural dyed thread. The motif has been cut from a larger domestic textile.

Current Accession Number 3672

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Object Name bead pendant

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A long pendent of bead weaving, the pattern consists of a series of related geometric shapes, rectangular in nature, in bright blue, red, yellow and orange. These have been outlined in a thick black line and the ground colour is white. A little loop for hanging has been attached to the top and a star patterned square tassel has been added to the bottom.

Current Accession Number 3673

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Object Name bag, purse

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A small rectangular shoulder bag in a plain woven sturdy natural cotton fabric. The top 70mm of the bag is densely decorated in a tight-corded pattern. The cording has been created by rows of intense over sewing packed tightly together. The embroidery design is loosely geometric with a slightly organic Greek pattern predominating. The design is predominantly in red with a natural dyed blue thread used for the line work. A scalloped pattern finishes the inner edge. The cord set into the bag as a handle is not related to the original embroidery in either colour or construction.

Current Accession Number 3674

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Object Name embroidery sample

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A rectangle of fine surface stitch work in light colour on a dark navy blue ground. The colours range from mauve through blue to green and cream. The control of the geometric design is remarkable; this could almost be an example of counted thread embroidery. Thin thread has been used and the stitches worked in lines so that the blue shows through. The general effect is one of lightness and almost transparency.

Current Accession Number 3675

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Object Name appliqué strip

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A strip of very fine appliqué work constructed from five square blocks. Three are divided into four squares each with a right to left diagonal embroidered slash running through. The appliqué in these is self-coloured with pink and blue darned embroidery. The other two blocks are divided to form a large triangle in dark brown with a self-coloured appliqué line and pink and green darning. The strip is finished at each end with red and blue fabric strips.

Current Accession Number 3676

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Object Name appliqué sample

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A little panel originally destined for traditional dress. A plain black rectangle is balanced by a rectangle of very fine orange appliqué in a dense zigzag pattern, which builds into two diamond shapes. These have been finely embroidered in bright green buttonhole stitch, the lines following the pattern of orange zigzags. The small amount of natural coloured ground fabric showing at the edges of the diamonds is embroidered with pink and purple satin stitch spots. The whole panel is edged with four lines of green and orange binding and the topmost binding being bright luminous pink synthetic ribbon. The effect of the colour over all is stunning but the real stroke of genius is the almost imperceptible line of purple running stitch dividing the embroidered area and the plain black fabric.

Current Accession Number 3677

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Object Name Turkish embroidery fragment, fragment

Object Description Information

The end has been cut from a hand woven Turkish towel or sash to save the embroidery. The pattern consists of two tall urns of flowers. The urns are small in proportion to the flowers and have blue outlines with green pulled stitch middles. A central dark brown stem issues from the urn top leading to a single full carnation type flower, one in peach with a blue outline and the other pale pink with a peach outline. On either side of the stem are buds and half opened flowers. Above the 'carnation' is an extension of the brown stem with a smaller star flower at the top and stylised tight buds on either side. The whole embroidery consists of pulled stitches embroidered either in blocks or in lines of silk thread with metal thread additions.

Current Accession Number 3678

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Object Name dress trim

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A short length of dress trim in mirror work embroidery. The embroidery is quite crude and it is possible to see the stitches quite clearly. A band of mirrors travels through the centre of the design surrounded in green, blue, red and white thread. The mirrors are surrounded by a yellow figure-of-eight band of open chain giving the impression of a row of eyes. The outer edges of the band have double rows of open chain in yellow with a row of herringbone stitch through the middle. The embroidery is on a red ground.

Current Accession Number 3685

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Object Name false sleeve

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A very fine muslin false sleeve for a child to wear. The sleeve is not joined in an underarm seam, the only attachment to keep the sleeve in place is a tiny mother of pearl button where it meets the cuff. A leaf and branch motif in large eyelet holes has been embroidered in the centre sleeve just above the cuff and the cuff is formed from a single layer of fabric also embroidered with a leaf and branch motif. The work is fine, the plain sewing as impressive as the decoration. All hand work.

Current Accession Number 4144

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Object Name false sleeve

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A false sleeve or cuff made of fine cotton constructed and embroidered by hand. The sleeve is very full and two thirds of the cuff end is embroidered in cutwork or broiderie anglaise in a formal geometric pattern of squares and circular 'flower' shapes. The full sleeve is gathered tightly into a very small broderie anglaise cuff fixed by two tiny mother of pearl buttons. The effect is similar to that of a bishop's sleeve.

Current Accession Number 4122

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Object Name Purse

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A small horizontal oblong evening purse, the edges embroidered with a band of tiny metallic glass beads and the two sides covered in silver sequins. The sequins are worn and the metallic finish has rubbed off in places giving the colour a warm goldish tinge. One side of the purse is in plain sequins and the other side is embroidered in a honeycomb pattern. Unusual long straight sequins form the walls of the honeycomb and the centres are filled with the round sequins. The purse is lined with heavy corded 'silk' fabric and "made in Czechoslovakia " is embroidered on the inside. The purse top is closed by a zip.

Current Accession Number 4123

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Object Name purse, bag

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A small sponge bag with a single draw string. The outside fabric is cotton and the inside is lined with PVC. A tag on the inside reads ' St. Michael" made in the UK. The outer fabric is patterned with a design based on an Indian block print. A small flower bell motif is spotted over a rich red ground. A band of trailing vine pattern rings the base of the bag, bordered by other vine trailing patterns. A small paper pattern is included, with writing by Constance Howard.

Current Accession Number 4126

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Object Name bag, purse

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A small drawstring evening purse made of Chinese brocaded silk satin in pale lilac. It has two mauve corded drawstrings ending in tassels. Both are embroidered with a character stitched over the white silk thread wrapped around the tassel tops. The purse is flat sided with a plain gusseted base. On one side is a Chinese character embroidered in bright red and surrounded by an organic pattern. Couched gold thread meanders around the edge. The reverse side has a crudely stitched swirling motif. The workmanship is fairly crude.

Current Accession Number 4125

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Object Name bag, purse

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A small black satin evening bag with a metal top closed by crossed catches and held with a cord handle attached to the bag by two tassel's. The two circular panels on either side of the bag are embroidered with identical motifs of flowers and butterflies. Couched gold coloured metal thread outlines the pattern and coloured silk in satin stitch describes insects and flowers. The central motif is framed by a double circle of gold thread edges with a flower pattern. The two discs of embroidery are divided by a black satin inset and the bag is lined with white synthetic fabric.

Current Accession Number 4127

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Object Name shoulder bag

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A shoulder bag with a very fine embroidered panel in the front set into a black fabric ground and edged with two course tape bands. The embroidery is entirely cross stitch in a variety of coloured threads forming nine rows of differing geometric patterns. The cross stitch has been executed in a single fine coloured thread and counted into the black fabric ground. Three pom poms are placed across this panel, each with a fringe of white seed beads attached. A looped fringe of seed beads decorates the bottom edge. The top of the bag has been cut into a U shape, the edges rising to meet the top of the handle.

Current Accession Number 4128

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Object Name embroidered strip

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A strip of counted thread cross stitch embroidery in large alternating squares of two different patterns. Two squares are divided by a single cross that is divided again by eight triangles. The second set of three squares are divided into sixteen small squares each divided again into smaller triangles. The appliqué fabric edge on this strip is made from a bright orange fabric with a green and white print. The embroidery is predominantly orange pink and green with additional touches of black, yellow and mauve.

Current Accession Number 4131

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Object Name embroidered strip

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A finely embroidered strip of strong even weave fabric patterened in alternate blocks of pink and black cross stitch. Each block is divided into smaller squares, triangles and diamonds each with a double triangle of bright coloured satin stitch worked into it. The strip is edged with a pink synthetic fabric binding and backed with a strong blue fabric.

Current Accession Number 4130

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Object Name rag picture

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A small panel of appliquéd rag that has been stitched into place and then cut to reveal the innate strength of colour in the cloth. A small band of mixed pale yellow forms the base of the panel. A tall vertical finger shape rises from the centre of this, and is broken horizontally by waves of blue and green. The predominant colour is turquoise. The abstract is reminiscent of a lighthouse, with the sea behind it breaking up the image, like a reflection.

Current Accession Number 4132

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Object Name mola

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A mola with a design of five birds sitting on branches set against a vertical line and lozenge patterned background. The word "Corrion" has been appliquéd into the top left hand corner. The predominant colour is red with orange used in second place. After these two colours come a wide variety including blue, green, yellow, pink, white and black. The effect of the linear design behind the birds and the ripple of the quilt technique results in a really vibrant and lively surface.

Current Accession Number 4133

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Object Name picture

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A stylised image of a girl in 'folk dress' with a wide brimmed hat sporting a jaunty feather. She is walking lightly over a landscape with a spotted dog at the end of an out stretched lead. Everything has a 'speedy' and lively line to it. The embroidery is mainly linear and light and the positive brightness is suggested partly by the use of curved line in the drawing. Spot and line stitches in blue, red, green and brown wool thread have been used to embroider the surface.

Current Accession Number 4135

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Object Name embroidery samples

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Two separate samples of machine embroidery. Both demonstrate the experimental use of the free arm sewing machine and are the work of one student working on the industrial Bernina machine. Both samples are worked in free geometric designs in bands of dense straight stitch. One has been worked upside down with green thread on the top and pink, blue and red thread underneath resulting in a less harsh look to the colour. Red spots in three rows have been densely worked to give an undulating texture to the cloth surface. The second sample is mostly surface texture, both tactile and visual and is a mixture of straight stitch and zigzag.

Current Accession Number 4136

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Object Name net square, veil

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A fine cotton net square with a three and a half centimetre border of double net, edged on either side by very fine bands of bobbin lace. The square has been finely put together, the net corners neatly mitred, the stitching barely visable.

Current Accession Number 4137

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Object Name dress

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A dress for a small child made of fine white cotton lawn with puff sleeves and a full, finely cartridge-pleated skirt. The bodice front and skirt are decorated with vertical and horizontal bands of pleating interspersed with bands of fine white embroidered tape. The decoration is confined to the front bodice and skirt in a wide vertical band. The dress is fastened with ties at the back neck and waist.

Current Accession Number 4138

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Object Name camisol

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A short, straight bust bodice with a wide commercially made machine lace border across the bust top and constructing the shoulder straps. The fabric that would cover the bust is fine cotton lawn with a delicate spot printed pattern of sweet peas scattered over the surface.

Current Accession Number 4139

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Object Name christening gown

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A white cotton christening gown with ruched and gathered V shaped fabric panel bordered by broderie anglais insets and couched cords. This panel is set into the broderie anglais trimmed bodice front. The point of the V is tucked into the waistband traditionally indicating that this gown was made for a baby girl. All structural seams at the front have been embroidered with feather stitch. Four extravagant panels of large horizontal tucks and more white work needle lace flow down the front section of the skirt. The hem of the gown has been stitched round with another band of tucks and edged with broderie anglais. Bodice and skirt top open at the back and are fastened with tape ties.

Current Accession Number 4141

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Object Name sampler

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A large and exciting stitch sampler on natural even weave linen. Stitches include counted thread, drawn thread work, couching, needle weaving and a large variety of surface stitches. At the centre top is a vertical panel of couched stitches depicting a stylised design of trees. Two long columns of surface stitch border this panel. Underneath the panel is the alphabet in red cross-stitch. A horizontal panel stretches across the centre with a design of sheep under trees with turquoise leaves and red berries. The background of this is drawn thread work. Immediately underneath are the intertwined initials 'ML' again bordered by bands of surface stitch and underlined by a band of herringbone and a horizontal panel of needle weaving. Samples of tassels, buttons and fringe decorate the bottom. The whole sampler is embroidered in red, brown, turquoise blue and yellow cotton perlé thread.

Current Accession Number 4142

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Object Name cushion

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A blue cotton polyester cushion cover with an exceptionally detailed embroidered narrative at the centre illustrating villagers fleeing from attacking soldiers, leaving homes, livestock and possessions behind and swimming a great river to reach the safety of the friendly army camp on the opposite side. The little family arriving in the camp has managed to salvage a kettle. The women's decorative skirts billow out as they wade across the river. The narrative is surrounded by a grey and white pieced square. The cushion cover opens at he back with a zip fastener.

Current Accession Number 4159

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Object Name cushion cover

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An orange cotton cushion cover with inner square of yellow appliqué in a fine linear pattern: a sunburst or radiating star pattern moving out in evenly spaced geometric lines of appliquéd yellow cotton fabric. At the centre of the pattern is a solid yellow star spotted with small embroidered triangles in green and red and at the centre of the star is an orange cross finished in a chain stitch pattern. The cushion cover is closed with a zip fastener at the side. The back is plain orange cotton.

Current Accession Number 4158

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Object Name Jabot

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A jabot, a single fall of tiered lace attached centrally to a neckband of lace supported on a soft cream silk satin ribbon. The lace pattern has been pulled into a central tie knot that ends in a double tier of lace-edged net. The lace is patterned with a double row of small simple flowers. The net background to the flowers has been cut away giving a heavier lace effect. Hook and eye fastenings are fixed to the satin at the back of the stand-up collar.

Current Accession Number 4157

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Object Name purse

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A small flat square purse constructed from a rectangle of solid embroidered fabric folded at the centre and stitched along two sides. The opening at the top has a channel for a drawstring on the inside although this is missing. All seams and edges have been fixed and decorated with buttonhole stitch. Front and back of the purse features a large single square pattern divided through the centre on one side twice and on the other four times. In both cases this has been bordered by a wide band of dense herringbone stitch in two shades of red. The central squares are filled with solid chain stitch in red, yellow and green on one side and red and yellow on the other. Two tassels finish the bottom of the purse.

Current Accession Number 4155

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Object Name embroidered panel

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An appliquéd and embroidered panel with the stylised patterned image of a double ended tower with decorative balconies up each side. The tower is described predominantly by an orange felt line on a blue shiny fabric ground. The embroidery has been used decoratively to fix the felt appliqué in place within the rectangular divisions of the tower. A free geometric pattern in various colours - turquoise, pink, mauve, lilac, red, yellow and pale blue - fills the various sections of tower, roof and balconies. The overall effect is one of bright lively colour and busy pattern.

Current Accession Number 4154

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Object Name Panel

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A fairly small rectangular metal thread work panel of a design based on a formalised landscape. The rectangle has been divided into three sections. At the centre of the bottom section is a red gate in raised couched work. The hedge on either side of the gate consists of a mixture of padded gold leaves and coloured thread leaves. Behind the hedge in the central section is a ploughed field consisting of one large chevron shape made up of many rows of couched gold and coloured thread. The angle of the chevron alters the play of light on the gold and changes its tone dramatically. At the top the last section is divided into abstract triangular units representing fields and woods. A densely stitched wavy sky finishes the piece. The whole panel is richly and densely stitched on to a green woven wool fabric ground.

Current Accession Number 4152

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Object Name baby vests

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Two fine cotton lawn baby vests, summer weight. Both are cut from a single strip of fabric the ends of which form the back opening. The strip of lawn has been divided into four; the centre two sections form the front and the two end sections form the back. A tapered V shape has been cut into the neck section on both sides at back and front about a third of the way across. The smallest section has then been joined with the corresponding piece on the front at the shoulder to form the sleeve. This shoulder seam is the only seam in the garment. A fine bobbin lace trim is used to edge the neck and sleeves and the whole garment has been finely hemmed.

Current Accession Number 4151

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Object Name sampler

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A small sample of very fine quilted white work. A Baroque style flower and leaf motif outlined and shaped in corded quilting with infills of very fine French knots and pin stitch. The total effect is delicate and elegant. Both top and bottom fabrics are linen, the top is exceptionally fine and cotton-like while the backing fabric is light in weight but of a coarser texture. The embroidery thread is also linen.

Current Accession Number 4150

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Object Name modesty vest

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A modesty vest with a high stand-up collar and fastening down the centre front with hooks & buttonhole bars. The top fabric is a fine cotton net with a small spot woven into it. This has been lined with a plain net. The front openings and collar edge are trimmed with a narrow lace border of alternating repeat flowers. A row of pale pink tacking stitches are still in place describing a rectangle through the front and round the collar.

Current Accession Number 4148

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Object Name collar

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An industrially produced white work detachable collar, quite narrow but very romantically elaborate. The base fabric is cotton muslin that has a band of embroidery running through the centre with three large flower and leaf motifs, one at each end of the collar and one at the centre. An edge of proportionally large lace in the romantic cavalier style edges the collar. A repeated curved chevron outlines the lace each motif of which contains an alternate flower pattern and has a picot edge. The inner edge of the collar is decorated with machine pin stitch and light stitched spirals.

Current Accession Number 4147

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Object Name Leek embroidery

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A short length of embroidered devoré velvet border. A pale gold velvet ground, the devoré process removing the velvet pile from the background to reveal a regular pattern of upright and inverted bell shaped flowers in a scrolling rhythm interspersed with foliage. The pattern is outlined in gold-coloured couched metal thread, which is in excellent condition. Colour has been added to the flower petals with shaded long and short stitch in pink and blue. The velvet border is lined with a double layer of linen and the stitching backed with a layer of fine paper.

Current Accession Number 4171

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Object Name quilted fragment

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A small fragment of layered fabric, where the backing fabric is a dirty natural colour and the top surface a light brown, possibly faded from terracotta. The fragment is running stitched throughout in lines that follow the fabric's original rectangular shape. A fairly crude pattern of chevrons and crosses has been threaded through the running stitches on the surface to decorate the textile. Rag cord tassels with felted wool ends finish the piece.

Current Accession Number 4204

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Object Name embroidered fragment

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A small and course fragment of embroidered fabric. The design is curved and the embroidery crude. The fragment looks as if it has been cut from a circular textile. The ground fabric is crimson and it is possible to see white markings on the edges of the fragment, as if the pattern has been drawn out for the embroiderer to follow. Yellow chain stitch outlines the design and a row of mirrors is stitched on to the ground with pink, white and green thread following the semi- circular flow of the pattern. Lozenges of pink, green, white and blue stitching decorate the centre.

Current Accession Number 4205

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Object Name choli, blouse

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An embroidered panel from the front of a choli or woman's backless blouse. The main body of the choli is a black, slightly glazed cotton fabric with a lower border of bright orange pieced into it. The same orange is used for the triangle shapes that form the yoke. The neck panels are very finely embroidered in blocks of tiny multicoloured geometric patterns. Each line of embroidery is combined with a vertical row of very small mirrors, each fixed with a different coloured circle of buttonhole stitch and edged with a row of white straight stitches. The effect is like a sunburst. There are four of these formal panels, each embroidered on to the black ground fabric and surrounded by a border of orange embroidery. The orange neck panel is embroidered more informally, the formation of the tiny motifs looser. The main body of the choli has a regular spot pattern of the same motifs as those used in the yoke panels; this pattern is also interspersed with mirrors. The choli front has never been made up or used.

Current Accession Number 4227

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Object Name embroidered jacket fragment, embroidered fragment

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A flat rectangular yoke cut from a child's garment. The yoke has been intensely embroidered with a small repeat pattern, the shoulders marked by a double border and a single border along the back edge. The neck opening has been cut into one side of the yoke; a line takes an elegant loop from the outer border, up into the centre of the rectangle and round the top and bottom edge of a small oval neck opening. The front line of the neck opening travels past the end of the natural oval neck shape, turns and follows a straight line back to the outer edge. This makes a closing flap that covers the curved opening line and is fastened with a button on the turn at the neck. The embroidery is worked entirely in crimson silk thread with a single black stitched line finishing the sleeves and around the neck opening. The ground fabric is an intense spring green. The front flap edge is formed by the red selvedge of the green silk ground. This seems to have been left on the ground fabric as an additional piece of decorative colour. Flower formations and lozenge shapes with long curled tails form the bulk of the intense all-over pattern. The rounded end of each of the lozenge shapes has been cut through to make an open work pattern; this gives the embroidery an interesting weight with a lace-like feel.

Current Accession Number 4229

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Object Name boy's jacket

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A dress-like jacket, the ground fabric pieced in the skirt to make enough fabric to give fullness, the skirt front is veridian and the rest of the ground fabric bright spring green, perhaps indicating different dye lots. The embroidery has been worked in a scarlet silk thread, the main stitches used are chain stitch and buttonhole stitch. The yoke and sleeves are cut in one piece, originally a rectangle, the embroidery has been organised to show the beginning of the sleeves and where the neck opening and fastening fall. [see record number 4229] The front fastening is a wrap-over and the red selvedge of the green fabric has been used to decorate this edge. A band of embroidery travels around the bottom border and another band travels down the front to the hem. Hem, neck and sleeve openings are edged with black thread and the fastenings are tassels made from small bundles of thread, one of which has two tiny metal bells attached. This little jacket is particularly interesting because it is possible to see the original pen drawing for the embroidery design on the front left panel and under the arm.

Current Accession Number 4230

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Object Name boy's embroidered jacket

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A small child's jacket with a yoke, long sleeves and a full skirt. The entire garment is edged with red piped fabric and a double row of piping in red. The natural colour of the ground cloth edges the sleeve caps. The sleeves have been cut in one piece and set into the yoke in such a way that they form most of the back and produce a decorative arc at the front of the bodice. The bottom of the bodice is piped and a full skirt of gathered fabric is set into this. The natural coloured twill weave ground is decorated with a formal multicoloured sprigged pattern of stylized flowers finishing in a border of peacocks and an etched spot pattern. The sleeves are decorated with the same formal sprigged pattern but this is in a slightly different shade of embroidery thread, suggesting that it may have been made at a different time or by a different embroiderer. On the underside it is possible to see the original pattern drawing, suggesting that professional embroiderers may have made the little jacket.

Current Accession Number 4231

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Object Name choli, backless blouse

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A dark green rectangle of fine cotton fabric with three triangles of bright pink cotton cut and pieced into the top. Two of the triangles are pieced back to back forming a longer triangle and lifting the two squares of green fabric cut from the original rectangle to form a shoulder shape. The third triangle is placed at right angles to the other two and split through the centre to form a neck opening. Two strips of maroon fabric have been attached to the ends of the green squares to extend the sleeves. The design is a brilliant and simple way to make a bodice front. The larger green rectangle, forming the main covering of the bodice front is covered in very fine embroidery that reflects the geometric structure of the garment. Two squares of orange embroidery and mirror work forming a border contain a more organic geometric pattern in blue, orange, green, red and white thread. Tiny mirrors are worked in the spaces between the square-based linear pattern. A formal abstracted flower type pattern forms an inverted border underneath the two orange squares and sprigged motifs fall away to form this border in an ordered pattern ending in a decorated pink strip at the bottom end of the bodice. The orange square pattern is repeated in a slightly different form in the two green shoulder squares and a slightly more organic design decorates the two pink triangles lifting the shoulder shape.

Current Accession Number 4234

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Object Name table centre

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An elongated oval of fine cotton net with a chain-stitched scalloped edge and a medium band of vermicelli-patterned embroidery forming a frame for a stylised flower-patterned centre. A V shape has been left on either side at the centre of the oval to contain the outer limits of the flower design. Two linear elongated tendrils meeting at a formalised flower head flow from the centre and end at the longest point of the oval. This is repeated at the other end. More flowerheads, buds and tiny leaves come off this vine. The spaces are punctuated with abstract diamond shapes and small half daisies appear at four points on the inside edge of the outer band.

Current Accession Number 4236

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Object Name lace fragment

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A triangular fragment of robust lace, the main Victorian style pattern achieved with a combination of appliquéd Russia braid and couched cord. These tapes have been placed on and cut into a square net cloth ground. A band of quite crudely sewn Russia braids and laced braid complete the edge and this band is finished with a deeply scalloped edge achieved with loops of Russia braid and containing web-stitched centres. The total effect of the lace is exuberant and exciting and the scale of the materials used implies that this little fragment was once part of a domestic table cloth.

Current Accession Number 4237

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Object Name ecclesiastical embroidery

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One long length and one separate piece of deep orange-red silk velvet with a cross motif embroidered by hand along the length. The fragment resembles a hem or border taken from a larger textile. The single cross motifs are embroidered directly on to the velvet and are backed with linen fabric. The cross formation is firmly couched in olive green twisted silk, and edged with couched gold thread finished in a single line of brown silk. A flower centre shape is stitched in the middle of the cross with a small petal-shaped cross in metal thread couched at the heart. At the furthest points of the cruciform shape are three stalks ending in bead berries. In between each of the arms of the cross are more single straight branches with two leaves and three berries.

Current Accession Number 4238

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Object Name embroidered panel

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An exceptional richly embroidered square panel with a complex design of diamond and cruciform shapes possibly intended for an ecclesiastical textile but never mounted and finished. The square of ground fabric has been divided by an X-shaped line that ends in a cruciform, while a second set of lines cross the corners to form a triangle at each corner and a diamond shape in the centre. This basic division provides the main pattern structure and is repeated in varying combinations throughout the panel. A cross that creates four more diamond shapes divides the central diamond division; these are then divided again, the division lines forming cruciform shapes that have been couched in gold coloured metal thread. The diamond shaped spaces in between are divided again and stitched in the dark blue of the ground fabric and a maroon coloured thread. The outer corner triangles are broken down in the same way as the central diamond shape but the maroon thread has become magenta. The effect of this is to give the impression of colour gently radiating out from the centre. All five crosses created by the divisions in the panel are marked with a square at the centre. Each square is divided centrally into four smaller squares alternately coloured blue and red. Glass beads have been added to the piece to provide more intensity of colour and texture.

Current Accession Number 4241

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Object Name collar

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A deep curved collar of white cutwork lace possibly designed to enhance the low-cut neckline of an evening or very special day dress. The lace is formed from a machine-embroidered pattern of formalised rose-like flowers edged with sprays of leaves and vine-like scrolling stalks. The larger scale rose pattern becomes a smaller flower pattern as it nears the neck edge; this scaling down of the motif size achieves the curved shape of the lace collar. The cut cloth shapes are supported throughout the lace with simulated buttonhole bars. The neck edge is finished with a plain curved line, possibly designed to provide a line of attachment to the bodice. A decorative, undulating line finishes the lace collar on the outer edge.

Current Accession Number 72

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Object Name table runner

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A small heavy lace table runner made from three different domestic laces. The centre consists of a segment of heavy filet lace possibly cut from another, larger circular tablecloth or doily. A diagonal of filet darning crosses the centre of the piece and there are the remains of two, curled cloverleaf shapes on either side of the diagonal, a border of small geometric shapes indicate the remains of a curve at either end.Along both sides of the long straight edge are two lengths of fairly deep heavy bobbin lace with a distinctive fan shape at the outer edge. The lace is woven with a medium weight thread and the result is chunky. Jacobean style heavy bobbin lace motifs form the ends of the table runner, also woven in medium weight cotton lace thread. The resulting textile, although pieced from other lace items, is effective and dramatic.

Current Accession Number 104

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Object Name lace fragment

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A short length of wide dress lace, a straight border with picots marks the edge to be attached to the garment and the outer edge is scalloped, the scallops are also edged with picots. The pattern comprises of two rows of repeated flower heads, the outer row larger than the row nearest the attaching edge. The two rows of flower heads are divided by two rows of stylised leaves that do not vary in size; a network of crochet style lines and small circles supports these rows of flowers and leaves. The flower centres have been individually stuffed with cotton waste to pad them and achieve the raised effect of traditional Irish crochet.Natural coloured cotton has been used to create the lace.

Current Accession Number 113

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Object Name collar

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A high-necked lace collar and modesty vest front made to look like hand produced, needlemade cut-work known as retacella work. The high neck and bib style front have been cut from a larger piece of lace fabric. The high neck is formed from a strip of formal floral square motifs that finish in an undulating edge. This has been attached to a bib front of the same formal floral motifs. The corner of each square motif is divided by a different square based flower on the same scale as the flowers placed at the centre. All of the flowers are organised into a grid system that finishes in a row of chevron shapes with elaborate picots around the edge.The modesty vest has been cut to shape the body by using the grid system of the lace design. There are two lines of lace motifs forming the bulk of the bib ending in the chevron edging, but the high collar has been placed into a curved shape at the top of the bib by placing the collar centre to the top of the central square lace motif and grading the line of the collar diagonally up through two more layers of square motifs.

Current Accession Number 128

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Object Name collar

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A fairly crude homemade chemical lace collar that could have been set into the bodice of a dress, the wide collar shape has a large tuck set into the fabric across the top of the shoulders and is fixed with hook and thread bar fittings at the back of the bodice.The chemical lace has been cut from a length of lace fabric and is lined with a textured cream silk satin fabric. The lace has been attached to the satin with hand embroidered pink French knots, the knots falling in the centres of the flower and leaf patterns that from the lace.Stripes of a regular vine pattern alternate with a small repeated triangle shape, sometimes filled with stitch, sometimes suggested by an outer line and with a single repeated daisy shape to make the lace fabric.

Current Accession Number 141

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Object Name tray cloth

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A small rectangular cloth of very pale blue open weave linen with an edge of pulled stitches instead of a hem, a striped pulled stitch border and four triangles of varying pulled stitches at either end. The overall effect is light and elegant.

Current Accession Number 1002

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Object Name hat

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A small pillbox style hat covered entirely in padded couched silver thread. The couching stitches are pink and have been positioned to form padded diamond shaped patterns, a double row around the brim of the hat and four larger diamonds on the crown. The embroiderer has used the tension caused by the couched diamond shapes to indent the top of the hat giving a rich and varied surface and allowing maximum light play on the metallic thread.Spots of pink, blue, green and black link diamond shapes together and the change from metallic thread to soft cotton thread allows the stiff diamond patterns to undulate.

Current Accession Number 1293

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Object Name evening dress

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A straight cut full-length evening dress with a high collar and no sleeves. A back opening is controlled with a zip fastener.The dress is made of a knitted turquoise synthetic fibre with silver metallic thread knitted into it giving a soft shimmer to the finished cloth. The fabric is fine and slightly see through.Wide abstract wavy lines in purple and a deeper turquoise are screen printed on to the bottom of the dress.

Current Accession Number 1305

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Object Name hats

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An embroidered jacket of beige Cashmere wool woven as very light twill, the jacket was partly made up before the embroidery was added.A stand up collar seems to have been intended but the wool is very soft and the collar sits awkwardly. The real craftsmanship seems to be in the quality of the weaving and especially the embroidery.Long stalks of formalised flowers and leaves wined over the entire jacket, the stalks are embroidered in a mid brown silk thread with most of the leaves in either olive or spring green. Multi coloured flower heads spring from every branch and Paisley shaped buds in various combinations of coloured silk spring from the ends of the vines.Cuffs have been created with embroidery on the reverse side of the fabric at the sleeve ends. The pattern differs from the main design, flowers and stalks are formed into a tighter formalised regular pattern. When the jacket is worn the sleeve ends will be turned back to reveal a contrasting cuff.

Current Accession Number 1309

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Object Name hat

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A small black cotton polyester hat with a cross-stitched appliquéd panel at the front. The hat has been constructed by pleating the cotton cloth at the top after the appliqué panel and the semi circular beak like protuberance has been attached to the front.The cross stitch pattern on either side of the 'beak' is made up of two sets of four rectangles filled with a curled cross pattern, two in pink, green and black and two in pink, white and black. The semi circular 'beak' at the centre front divides the embroidery and is made from black cloth edged with applied stripes of white, pink, green, blue and black fabric.

Current Accession Number 1314

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Object Name hat

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A small circular hat, the black cloth body finely embroidered with four bands of complex cross-stitch patterns around the brim. The hat is dominated by a huge doughnut shaped pompom, almost the same size as the body of the hat and two smaller round pompoms sit over the ears.Initially the embroidered fabric strip was lined with a course indigo coloured fabric and joined at the back to form a cylinder, the long edge without embroidery was then gathered into a tight circle. A huge red wool circular pompom was then constructed and attached to the top of the hat revealing the small central hole created by the gathers.

Current Accession Number 1315

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Object Name wedding hat, topi

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A small domed hat intensely decorated with mirror work. The mirrors are stitched on with a variation on buttonhole stitch in a variety of colours. On the main band of the hat the mirrors are set in vertical pairs and stitched in place in a deep red thread, each mirror surrounded by radiating lines of yellow stitches. Between these miniature suns are embroidered flattened trefoil shapes in red, yellow and green, each surrounded by a black stitched line and in places on this line metal sequins have been sewn.The top and bottom of the main band are finished with a thick line of couched black thread, the couching stitches richly bunched together to form an alternating stripe of loose black thread and tight stitched thread in red silk edged with yellow.The crown of the hat is circular and contains a design of four abstracted cock's head feather shapes. These 'feathers' surround a mirror work 'eye'. The crown is finished at the centre with a tassel in black and red.

Current Accession Number 1317

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Object Name wedding cockade, turban ornament

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A small rectangular woven beaded panel with a white central section filled with diagonal diamond patterns in red, blue, yellow and green. The white central section of the panel is bordered by bands of red yellow and green beads and has several bead tassels attached to the surface. This beaded panel has been stiffened at the back with wooden rods that protrude vertically from the top of the panel forming a flat domed crown. The rods and the back of the bead panel have been covered with soft red twill woven fabric that has been filled with wadding to soften the back. The rods are decorated on the face with tassels of purple, pink, green, yellow and crimson silk.The vertical situation of the rods set into the padded and beaded band allows for horizontal movement and the four cords attached to each corner of the beaded band allow the band to be tied.

Current Accession Number 1318

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Object Name carriage parasol

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A small black silk moiré parasol with a wide satin band bordered by two narrower bands woven around the wide edge of the canopy and finished with a deep black silk fringe. The same fringe decorates the canopy top that is capped with a small turned bone finial with a bone ring through its crown.The long thin, elegant wooden handle folds at the centre and is fixed in place when in use, with a tube of brass coloured metal. Barley-sugar twist turning decorates the lower handle and the base has been carved into an elegant hook.

Current Accession Number 1378

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Object Name towel, table runner

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A home spun and woven natural coloured linen ground with a red formalised pattern running through the cloth, each band of pattern divided by a blue line.The cloth has been divided into three sections, at either end there are panels with evenly spaced horizontal bands of small geometric pattern, a similar arrangement occurs at the top and bottom of the central section of the towel. The middle of this central panel is woven with three wider bands of formal pattern. The upper and lower bands contain a regular formalised tree and flower design, the treetop pointing towards the central line. The central band contains a row of formal birds. Pairs of birds face each other and are parted by a vertical bar with diamond shapes at top and bottom. The backs of the birds form a V shape and this V contains the lower half of a stylised tree. The two ends of the towel are joined to the central panel with a plaited lacing technique in the same linen fibre.

Current Accession Number 1383

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Object Name lace border

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A square shaped collar of deep needle lace with distorted scalloped edge. Designed to be worn in a triangular fashion with the front and back corners of the square being softer and more rounded. The collar is not a flat square it has a slight cone shape to allow it to lie comfortably on the shoulders, to enable the lace to fall gently over the form.The lace embroidery patterns are stitched onto a net ground. A deep flower and leaf border forms the lower edge and leads to a pattern of flowing swags and more free flowers nearer the neck opening.

Current Accession Number 3621

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Object Name knitted sample

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An ecru needle lace collar in one complete piece with an opening for the head. Lace forms a decorative point at the front, is rounded at the back and falls into shoulder trims on each side. The lace consists of an all over pattern of flowers interspersed with bands of small swirls.

Current Accession Number 3643

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Object Name brocade fragment

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A pair of watch pockets in Berlin work. A tear drop shaped back has a pocket front attached to contain the watches or small items of personal adornment. A small mother of pearl disc in the shape of a flower is stitched into the centre of a leaf spray pattern on the back at the top. The disc holds a hook on which to hang watch chains etc.A single floral motif with leaves decorates the front of the pocket. This motif is set on to a rich crimson ground of canvas stitches. Each flower has a cluster of false pearl beads edged with metallic beads. Glass beads and white beads make up the rest of the decoration as well as the fringe around the pocket edge. Both pockets are suspended on crimson satin ribbons.Additional information - pattern pieces included

Current Accession Number 3649

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Object Name Turkish towel fragment

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A rectangular natural linen tray cloth. The edges are formed by large cut work scallops each with a leaf shape appearing from behind and ending on the surface. These are edged in green stitching. Approximately one quarter of the cloth is taken up by a diagonal design, also in bold cut-work, of a blue stylised bow with a stylised pink rose on either side surrounded by leaves. All colour work is executed in buttonhole stitch.

Current Accession Number 3679

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Object Name Embroidered fragment

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A single motif cut from a very finely woven Turkish towel. The motif is embroidered in metal thread and a relatively small amount of silk embroidery. The stitching is double-sided and is very effective against the semi-transparent woven fabric. The motif is a large single open flower with a fan-like structure coming from a more conventional central floral shape. The effect is carnation like. An elongated bud comes from the side of a stalk and leaf. A small border of squares finishes the edge.

Current Accession Number 3680

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Object Name Turkish towel fragment

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The end cut from an embroidered Turkish towel. One side has also been cut indicating that the embroidery may have been wider or possibly joined to another piece.The embroidery is widely spaced with a formalised plant design at the four corners and two trees placed one above the other in the central position.The flowering plants take a rectangular format and there are five pendulous heads to each plant, these hang from formal stalks and leaves are placed above them. Metal thread pulled work and magenta or blue silk embroidery form the flower centres. The trees are mainly embroidered in green and shaded into a blue centre, the top one having a magenta centre. Magenta, blue and metallic spots hang from the formal branches of the trees.This embroidery is in remarkably good condition. The threads are very bright and the metal thread has not tarnished. This indication is that it has never been used but the ground fabric is stained.

Current Accession Number 3681

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Object Name embroidered fragment

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A long strip of fabric with a small running stitch triangular pattern embroidered in rows running from side to side along the entire length. The repeat is only broken in two places where an isolated rectangle allows the pattern to run in the other direction along the length of the fabric. These two rectangles contain two larger formal triangles with a formalised plant pattern inside and linking them together, the small triangular pattern continues to run behind.There seems to be more than one layer of ground fabric resulting in a quilted look to the embroidery.

Current Accession Number 4026

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Object Name cuffs

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A pair of ankle lenght Victorian ladies bloomers in sturdy white cotton fabric with fine lace trims on the ankle bands.The inside seams are open to the waist and the two seperate legs gathered in and attached to a single waist band.The fabric in each leg is gathered into a band at the ankle with an opening on the inside leg to allow the wearer access. This band is then buttoned. The bloomers are finely hand stitched, the ankle bands decorated with feather stitch and very fine bobbin lace.

Current Accession Number 4173

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Object Name storage bag front

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Two bag fronts or 'faces'. Recycled cotton muslin has been layered together to form a rectangle. The top fabric is dark grey, possibly a well-washed black, and has been stitched all over with horizontal lines of running stitch. The running stitch has then been decoratively threaded with another varying coloured thread on the top surface forming bands of different geometric pattern over the whole bag front surface. The stitching is linear and at all times the dark fabric shows through giving a woven look to the decoration.

Current Accession Number 4174

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Object Name quilted & embroidered square, square

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A square of mid brown fabric thickened by layering with other fabrics and intensely quilted with running stitch.The top of the square is richly decorated with linear, embroidered geometric pattern. Bands of different combinations of pattern, thread colours including orange, green, turquoise, white, pink and yellow have been used to cover the entire surface. The patterned bands of threaded decoration radiate out from a central square containing an abstract block design. The whole effect is one of warm busyness.

Current Accession Number 4175

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Object Name kantha, quilt

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An oblong of white cotton muslin quilted intensively throughout with self-coloured running stitch. This rectangle has a border of running stitch chevrons in black and gold and placed in stripes. The border contains a group of figures engaged in either acrobatics or performance hairdressing; vine flowers and birds catching snakes surround the figures.The images are formed with a variety of embroidery stitches. Thin threads have been used and the cream background shows through the stitching giving a linear effect. The result is very lively and dynamic.Colours of threads used are: black, gold, red, green, mauve and yellow.

Current Accession Number 4176

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Object Name storage bag

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An envelope shaped bag based on a square. The basic square is pieced in nine pieces, one large square made of a course red fabric that forms the main part of the bag, a border of four long strips of blue fabric form the sides and the four corners are made from the same fabric as the centre. The entire edge has been decorated with cowry shells.The envelope shaped container has been made by bringing together three of the corners and joining them with a cowry shell tassel. The two edges forming the bag have then been stitched together and the seams finished with the cowry shells.Every part of the surface of the bag is covered with embroidered geometric pattern in a surface darning stitch. The centre differs in that the geometrics are executed in cross-stitch and are smaller in size that the darned edges. The total effect is very lively and the use of colour and abstract pattern exceptional.

Current Accession Number 4177

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Object Name storage bag

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An intensely embroidered square of fabric, three corners drawn together to form an envelope shaped bag. The two seams created by this action have been stitched up and finished with cowry shells. Cowry shells also form a decorative border along the top edge.The embroidery stitches have been intensely worked into the fabric, thickening and strengthening the cloth. The over all design is geometric and based on the square so that when the bag is folded the pattern takes a diamond form.Ground fabric is a rich mid-terracotta and most of the thread used is also terracotta with blocks of dark blue and mid-yellow breaking up the pattern.

Current Accession Number 4178

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Object Name storage bag

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A quilted terracotta square with a lining of crude natural coloured cloth, the square has been quilted intensely with running stitch and a design divides the terracotta top into four sections. Each section has been decorated differently with geometric threaded patterns in black, yellow and natural coloured thread. A black circle marks the centre and a colourful border of cowry shells and bright tassels decorate the edge.

Current Accession Number 4179

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Object Name bag

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A richly decorated opened out rectangular bag with lines of geometric decoration travelling the width of the rectangle. The decorative lines contain a variety of different shapes that include sun, or wheel shapes, mirrors, diamonds, checks, and twisted 'paisley' shapes. The main body of the rectangle is bordered by a band of striking black chevron shapes interspersed with substantial shish glass mirrors, one half of this border is edged dramatically with rich striped silk and exuberant silk and bead tassels. The colours used are orange, black, green, crimson and yellow. The embroidery is worked on a neutral ground. An equally striking lining of crudely printed fabric with a single coloured design of red stars on a black ground lines the bag.

Current Accession Number 4180

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Object Name cuff

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A small rectangle of cotton fabric with a triangle attached midway along one side of the rectangle. The fabric has been intensely decorated with couched gold coloured metal thread work interspersed with satin-stitched bands of dark red, orange, blue and white. The embroidery design follows the rectangle in a striped formation and the same design follows the shape of the triangle. The whole piece is edged with a band of cord over sewn with metal thread. There are three tassels attached as decoration to the triangle, the two nearest the rectangle are dark red and the one at the point of the angle is orange.

Current Accession Number 4184

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Object Name galla

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A small rectangle of course terracotta fabric, backed and edged with black fabric. A large stem stitch rectangle defined with stem stitch embroidery in black and yellow contains a quartered design. Each quarter depicts a simple camel or a very stylized horse, stag or peacock executed in yellow and deep mauve cross-stitch. The rectangle and four quarters are edged with a line of cowry shells.

Current Accession Number 4185

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Object Name Galla

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A rectangle of fairly course terracotta coloured fabric covered entirely with very fine canvas work embroidery. The design consists of a large rectangle divided in half length ways and subdivided into thirds across the width of the fabric. Each line forming the division is made up of small blocks of various colours, red, green, yellow, blue and white, and the resulting band edged with a single yellow and a blue line.The subdivisions contain a variety of different combinations of geometric pattern in mixed colours, orange, green, yellow, blue, white, red and pink. The patterns consist of a mixture of block arrangements and chevron patterns.The rectangle has a single tassel in one corner made from a dense felted wool pear shape set into a hand made metal cup shaped holder which has then been attached to the textile.

Current Accession Number 4186

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Object Name choli top

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A T shaped fabric, the top bar of the T in a terracotta coloured muslin type cloth and the shorter bottom section in grey. The fabric has been intensely decorated with geometric blocks of satin stitch embroidery and mirror work in rich crimson with 'flowers' in white, orange, green, blue and magenta alternating with mirrors. The embroidery pattern has been divided into three main areas leaving a wide vertical band half way through the T bar. The third section closes off the band at the bottom.This textile is a section of dress never made up. Some of the embroidery is also unfinished, as if the maker ran out of thread.

Current Accession Number 4187

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Object Name bag, purse

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A very simple small rectangular bag in a crude, black, cotton fabric, both sides of the bag have been embroidered with a repeat pattern of a large turquoise bird with red wings and mirror work eye. A border of geometric pattern surrounds the bird. Along the top and down one side of the border is a design of alternate squares of orange and turquoise and black, white and red embroidery, the latter with mirrors at the centre. The cord from which the bag hangs is a commercially produced synthetic cord usually used for hanging pictures. A zip fastener closes the top of the bag.

Current Accession Number 4188

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Object Name purse, clutch purse, hand bag

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A clutch purse or small handbag, western style, lined with beige taffeta with a small gold stamp on the inside that says "CARTIER INT, London, made in France". The bag also contains a small loose mirror or small-change purse made of the same lining material.The outside covering fabric is traditional Indian embroidery. A dark magenta ground fabric supports a design of formal stylized flowers and birds.The pattern is formed of two vertical bands of chain stitch embroidery outlined in a small zigzag pattern. This border contains an alternate pattern of open flower heads and what look like parrots in green, magenta white and yellow thread with some black outline.A central, less geometric design runs through the middle of the bag with another central flower pattern that loosens out into flowing tendrils and sprigged flowers.

Current Accession Number 4189

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Object Name bangle, necklace fragment

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A fragment of beaded, netted tube in predominantly white glass beads on one diagonal and a mixture of red, green, black, blue and yellow beads on the other diagonal. The effect is light, charming and colourful.One half of a western style hook and eye fitting has been attached to one end of the tube. The other end is broken.

Current Accession Number 4190

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Object Name purse

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Bag one: A small appliquéd purse in yellow, red and black cotton fabric with running stitch lines worked horizontally across the fabric. On the inside of the purse is an attached note that reads: M. Desai, Naranpura, Ahmedabad – 13.Bag 2: The second small purse, contained in the other, is bright pink cotton ground fabric embroidered in green, orange and yellow satin stitch on one side and green, yellow, pink, white and purple satin stitch on the other. Both sides have a different geometric pattern and have mirrors stitched on to them. The bag is decorated at the edge with sequin and bead 'tassels'.

Current Accession Number 4191

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Object Name purse

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A small envelope purse with a course terracotta ground fabric richly embroidered with abstracted shapes of trees, elephants and flowers. The abstracted shapes are in filled with turquoise, magenta or blue Rumanian couching or herringbone stitch and a border of yellow chain stitch surrounds each abstracted shape. Mirrors and odd shapes fill in the spaces in between to make a fairly evenly spread pattern.It is difficult to see the full images; some of them have been cut, indicating that this little purse has been made from another embroidery for sale. The embroidery is of more impressive craftsmanship than the finished object.

Current Accession Number 4192

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Object Name purse

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An envelope bag made from a layered square of deep red fabric backed with dark blue muslin and edged in bright green and orange. The square is bordered by three bands of embroidery, each contained by a couched black line, the central band contains a repeat pattern of crosses and mirrors and this is bordered on both sides by a band of yellow zigzags. The central motif is a dynamic sun or flower shape, the lines of radiation green, yellow, blue, pink and brown. A spray of smaller rays in the same variety of colours flees away from this, each ray interspersed with a tiny mirror. One larger mirror holds the central position.When the square is folded into it's envelope shape, the square becomes a diamond shape.

Current Accession Number 4193

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Object Name romal, decorative cover

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A square of white muslin fabric with an outer boarder of two rows of evenly spaced brightly coloured chevrons alternating with the white ground. The second, wider band of embroidery butts up to the first but consists of equal sized diamonds of satin stitch worked in opposing directions and arranged in diagonals. This reveals the rich light and colour change on the silk. The central square is less richly decorated having lines of radiating triangles coming from a central rectangle of turquoise, yellow and orange silk diamonds. The effect is very lively.The satin stitch is double sided.

Current Accession Number 4194

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Object Name Toran

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A large decorative hanging, horizontally rectangular in shape with large inverted arch shaped panels suspended from the lower edge. The lowest point of each panel is finished with a small rag tassel.The hanging is pieced from scraps of muslin fabric, the backing natural in colour and the top a mixture of vibrant colour, partly generated by a central panel of silk brocades. A boarder of black spotted fabric has been appliquéd immediately against the silk central panel; a line of stylised elephants in turn borders this. The hanging is vibrant and lively with a predominance of warm red colouring.

Current Accession Number 4195

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Object Name table runner

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A long rectangle of cream coloured silk satin edged with a light metal and thread fringe. A thin linear border approximately 40 mm in from the edge contains a formal tendril like line off which loose flower and leaf shapes shoot. The whole pattern is very light and the couched purl thread and small sequins making up the design are evenly spaced giving the finished piece a loose formality. The metal has tarnished considerably around the edge but the metal purl used to achieve the pattern is in reasonable condition.

Current Accession Number 4196

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Object Name andari, horse's head cover

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A square of layered, fairly course red fabric with two large holes cut half way along two sides at right angles to each other.The square is divided with a raised over sewn green line into small squares. Each of these small squares contains a circle of buttonhole stitch encircled by a line of radiating straight stitches. The circles of buttonhole stitch must have once held mirrors; the effect would have been rich and stunning.Yellow and green parallel lines and another border of buttonhole circles border the central grid system. The grid system and border break down slightly on the edge of the circles where abstract lozenge shapes have been embroidered.

Current Accession Number 4197

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Object Name horse's knee band

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A small rectangle of slightly course red fabric with an edging of netted beads ending in tassels and a thin loop of plain red fabric at one end with what looks like a thread tie at the other.The rectangle is decorated with a central linear motif of stylised flowers. These flowers have been interspersed at the edges with mirrors and a band of mirror work borders the outer edge. The stitch work is mainly comprised of variations on buttonhole stitch in white, green, blue, yellow and red thread.

Current Accession Number 4198

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Object Name Pantoran, door hanging

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A small fragment of layered fabric, where the backing fabric is a dirty natural colour and the top surface a light brown, possibly faded from terracotta. The fragment is running stitched throughout in lines that follow the fabric's original rectangular shape. A fairly crude pattern of chevrons and crosses has been threaded through the running stitches on the surface to decorate the textile. Rag cord tassels with felted wool ends finish the piece.

Current Accession Number 4207

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Object Name embroidered fragment

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A large fragment of cream coloured satin backed with cotton muslin and edged with a gold metal thread fringe. The fragment contains part of what was once a broad rectangular or square border of rich, evenly spaced couched metal thread embroidery in a formal but lively style. A zigzag pattern weaves a central line through the border dividing the spaces into sections. These sections are filled with formal flower and foliage patterns but executed in a very organic style of couching. The centre of the piece contains what remains of an arrangement of flower in pot motifs, these seem to be loosely arranged with extended vine and flower patterns filling the spaces between the main motifs. Two thirds of the piece has been cut away and it is difficult to tell if there was ever a central panel.What remains of the embroidery is very lively and delicately coloured in places with stitches of magenta, pink and turquoise floss silk. The cream satin ground is badly disintegrated.

Current Accession Number 4208

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Object Name ceiling hanging, shamiana

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Two pieces of tie-dyed fine silk fabric, the first a small length of blue dyed on a light but slightly rough natural coloured silk. The small pale blue pattern showing up on the darker blue is organised into quite a formal border of lines, triangles and spots. The fabric looks as if it has been dip dyed because the blue dye runs naturally into the silk in a band above the pattered border.The second silk fragment is much larger and is a fine white silk that has been dip dyed in lime green, pink and yellow, each colour fading into a band of white before breaking into the next colour. The tie-dye pattern is of much squarer spots than the previous piece and the pattern runs through the white areas as well as into the colour.The pattern has been organised into random diagonals and loose flower shapes with larger tie dyed motifs in between.

Current Accession Number 4210

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Object Name panel from skirt

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A black silk panel cut from a skirt with an all over sprigged design of peacocks and two different kinds of flower bouquets in predominantly crimson and gold coloured silk with an occasional touch of green. The pattern is very sophisticated and the workmanship very fine.What seems to be the hem of the skirt has a wide border comprising of formal foliage type pattern in rows with a larger band containing alternating flower heads interspersed with stylised parrots and plants. The border has the same proportion and range of colour as the main skirt.

Current Accession Number 4211

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Object Name door hanging, toran

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A large embroidered hanging arch, rectangular on the outside with a large M-shaped arch cut into it, taking the bottom of the rectangle out completely and leaving approximately one third of the rectangle as a shaped border with long pendulous sides running to a point at the bottom. The edges of the shape are finished with a pleated decorative trim in yellow, green, red and blue stiffened muslin.Ganesh, the elephant god sits at the top of the hanging surrounded by a panoply of other deities including the sun and various good luck symbols. Slightly less mythical creatures and plants begin the descent down the sides of the hanging. An array of peacocks, parrots and pots of flowers are accompanied by deer, horses, cows and elephants. These are mixed as they near the lower edges of the hanging with motifs such as a lion rampant over a clock, a chandelier and a wonderful HMV type gramophone complete with multicoloured trumpet.Text is mixed with the motifs and a formal border of flowers and trees surrounds the whole collection of evocative images.

Current Accession Number 4226

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Object Name apron

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An embroidered panel from the front of a choli or woman's backless blouse. The main body of the choli is a black, slightly glazed cotton fabric with a lower border of bright orange pieced into it. The same orange is used for the triangle shapes that form the yoke. The neck panels are very finely embroidered in blocks of tiny multicoloured geometric patterns. Each line of embroidery is combined with a vertical row of very small mirrors, each fixed with a different coloured circle of buttonhole stitch and edged with a row of white straight stitches. The effect is like a sunburst. There are four of these formal panels, each embroidered on to the black ground fabric and surrounded by a border of orange embroidery. The orange neck panel is embroidered more informally, the formation of the tiny motifs looser.The main body of the choli has a regular spot pattern of the same motifs as those used in the yoke panels; this pattern is also interspersed with mirrors.The choli front has never been made up or used.

Current Accession Number 4228

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Object Name wedding choli

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A flat rectangular yoke cut from a child's garment. The yoke has been intensely embroidered with a small repeat pattern, the shoulders marked by a double border and a single border along the back edge. The neck opening has been cut into one side of the yoke; a line takes an elegant loop from the outer border, up into the centre of the rectangle and round the top and bottom edge of a small oval neck opening. The front line of the neck opening travels past the end of the natural oval neck shape, turns and follows a straight line back to the outer edge. This makes a closing flap that covers the curved opening line and is fastened with a button on the turn at the neck.The embroidery is worked entirely in crimson silk thread with a single black stitched line finishing the sleeves and around the neck opening. The ground fabric is an intense spring green. The front flap edge is formed by the red selvedge of the green silk ground. This seems to have been left on the ground fabric as an additional piece of decorative colour.Flower formations and lozenge shapes with long curled tails form the bulk of the intense all-over pattern. The rounded end of each of the lozenge shapes has been cut through to make an open work pattern; this gives the embroidery an interesting weight with a lace-like feel.

Current Accession Number 4232

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Object Name wedding choli

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A heavily embroidererd wedding choli the embroidery organised into horizontal bands of formalized peacock tails with a mirror work centre alternating with large styalised elephants and these bordered by bands of diamonds and bands of woven stitches.Two breast shapes have been cut into the blouse each with a strong circular embroidery design dotted with mirrors. A mirror centred peacock tail has been places at the base between the two breasts.The yoke of the choli is decorated with a pattern of mirrors alternating with blocks of interlace stitch.Predominent colours are yellow embroidery on a dark green cloth ground but other colours include pink, mauve, violet, turquoise and white. The embroidery is of excellent quality.

Current Accession Number 4233

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Object Name embroidered panel

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A dark green rectangle of fine cotton fabric with three triangles of bright pink cotton cut and pieced into the top. Two of the triangles are pieced back to back forming a longer triangle and lifting the two squares of green fabric cut from the original rectangle to form a shoulder shape. The third triangle is placed at right angles to the other two and split through the centre to form a neck opening. Two strips of maroon fabric have been attached to the ends of the green squares to extend the sleeves. The design is a brilliant and simple way to make a bodice front.The larger green rectangle, forming the main covering of the bodice front is covered in very fine embroidery that reflects the geometric structure of the garment. Two squares of orange embroidery and mirror work forming a border contain a more organic geometric pattern in blue, orange, green, red and white thread. Tiny mirrors are worked in the spaces between the square-based linear pattern. A formal abstracted flower type pattern forms an inverted border underneath the two orange squares and sprigged motifs fall away to form this border in an ordered pattern ending in a decorated pink strip at the bottom end of the bodice.The orange square pattern is repeated in a slightly different form in the two green shoulder squares and a slightly more organic design decorates the two pink triangles lifting the shoulder shape.

Current Accession Number 4239

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Object Name embroidered panel

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A small rectangular folding panel covered in turquoise silk with a design of rectangles and squares on either side of the fold. All of the rectangles and some of the spaces between have lines of chain stitch embroidery in silk thread from side to side or corner to corner in uneven lines. Each block is stitched with either a contrasting colour or a self-colour.The embroidery has been mounted on a cardboard mounting board with a double fold through the middle. A space through the centre of the design indicates the possibility that the embroidery was intended as a book cover.A label is attached to the back of the panel with "Department of Education and Science Examinations in Art, 1965.For use on all supplementary test work and painting from life canvases.Name of examination – [in handwriting] NDDCraft or Subject ---- [in handwriting] Embroidery - AdditionalCentre Number --- 86"In two boxes on the side is the examination number: 7463And the result: 56%. Outside the mark box is written " School Mark [para. 47, Rules 119 refers]

Current Accession Number 4240

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Object Name bodice fragment

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An exceptional richly embroidered square panel with a complex design of diamond and cruciform shapes possibly intended for an ecclesiastical textile but never mounted and finished. The square of ground fabric has been divided by an X-shaped line that ends in a cruciform, while a second set of lines cross the corners to form a triangle at each corner and a diamond shape in the centre. This basic division provides the main pattern structure and is repeated in varying combinations throughout the panel.A cross that creates four more diamond shapes divides the central diamond division; these are then divided again, the division lines forming cruciform shapes that have been couched in gold coloured metal thread. The diamond shaped spaces in between are divided again and stitched in the dark blue of the ground fabric and a maroon coloured thread.The outer corner triangles are broken down in the same way as the central diamond shape but the maroon thread has become magenta. The effect of this is to give the impression of colour gently radiating out from the centre.All five crosses created by the divisions in the panel are marked with a square at the centre. Each square is divided centrally into four smaller squares alternately coloured blue and red. Glass beads have been added to the piece to provide more intensity of colour and texture.

Current Accession Number 4242

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Object Name sampler

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A blue card mount hold the abstracted figure of a woman cut from even-weave linen. The figure has a simple machine embroidered face and machine couched hair. An abstracted garment is implied on the body of the figure by two lines of crested chain stitch in heavy twisted silk that run down the length of the body, more lines of silk stitching follow. An abstracted blouse is indicated by various pulled thread stitches.

Current Accession Number 4243

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Object Name lace fragment

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A fragment of machine embroidered net fabric with a straight, crudely turned edge on one side and a curved edge and frill on the other. The length of net comes to a point at both ends and one end is gathered into a crude bundle that has been roughly cut at some time. The over all effect is that of a piece of embroidered net being used as part of a costume for dressing up. The original net looks as if it could have been cut from a dress or a net curtain. The frill on the curved length of the fragment is original.A scattered all over pattern of sprigs of small flowers and leaves decorate the cloth. The frill is edged with a band of the same flower pattern flanked on one side by a scalloped edge with picots of machine stitching and on the other side by a second row of flowers and behind these, spots. This edge has been joined to the main net fabric with a hand-stitched hem.

Current Accession Number 4244

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Object Name towel

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A small rectangular purse with two flat sides joined at the edges with pin stitch hems pulled together with a faggoting stitch, the stitching is exceptionally fine the resulting seam is quietly decorative and very strong.An X shaped division forms the main structure of the design on both sides of the sachet. This shape is outlined in pin stitch with a line of pin stitch running through the centre of the X division. A formal vine pattern has been couched into the two channels formed by the outer lines of the shape. Four squares of drawn thread work, each filled with a spider's web stitch occupy the four triangular negative spaces between the arms of the X. When the sachet is opened and the side seam becomes central to the design a diamond shape appears. The craftsmanship is exceptionally fine and there is evidence that the item has been treasured as the top part of the sachet above the rouleau drawstring ties, the linen has been darned in several places.

Current Accession Number 4360

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A small square cushion cover with a wide red cloth border, white chevrons round the inner edge, leading to a large black square central panel. At the very centre of the black square is a single circular mirror embroidered into place with red thread. Single radiating circles of white running stitch with small stitched circles at different points move out from the centre like the paths of planets moving around the sun. The effect of this simple colour and embroidery is exciting.A small label on the back of the cushion cover reads ' Oxfam Trading' £2.75.

Current Accession Number 4405

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Object Name embroidery sampler, sampler

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A double-sided rectangular sample of shadow embroidery featuring a floating flower head design. One large simple flower shape is bordered on two sides by smaller flowers. The silk petals of the flowers have been caught between two layers of silk organza and held in place with a single line of running stitch. Satin stitch has been used to embroider a centre to each flower. On one side the flowers have green petals and are floating in a dark plum coloured ground and on the reverse the flowers are pale orange and floating in a sea of pink.The sample has been mounted with a green mount on the pink side and a pink mount on the green and plum side.

Current Accession Number 4406

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Object Name embroidery sampler, sampler

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A small sample of hand embroidery featuring on one side a field of flowers indicated by graduated rows of stem stitched stalks ending in loose French knot flowers. On the other side are four single flowers, much larger in comparison and set into a square formation. These flowers also have stem stitched stalks and end in loose French knots. Tiny satin stitched leaves grow from the stems.The thread used in this sample is very fine and the loose freedom of the resulting embroidery shows the influence of drawing, especially free mark making.

Current Accession Number 4407

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Object Name embroidery sampler, sampler

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A small rectangular sampler of black and white gingham fabric with a design of triangles embroidered across the squares of two of the lines. On one line the grey squares are divided diagonally by a triangle of white darning and on the second line the black squares are divided. The break in rhythm is subtle and slightly disturbing.

Current Accession Number 4408

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Object Name embroidery sampler, sampler

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A small elongated rectangle of piecing. Pieces of cotton polyester in intense red and purple have been stitched together side by side and then been set opposite to each other along the length of the sample. The sample is made up of two rows only but enough to show the optical effect of the colour mix.

Current Accession Number 4409

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Object Name textile sample, panel, sampler

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A small square panel stretched diagonally with a corded black silk fabric. In the middle is placed an abstract motif based on a square divided by a cross at the centre. The square and the central cross are described in black couched thread. The divisions created by the central cross are filled with dark brown zigzag machine embroidery. A set of fine free machine-stitched lines radiate from the central square and black glass beads are used to highlight the design in parts.The black and dark brown on black is very subtle and the design relies as much on the movement of the thread and fabric creating light change as it does on the change in hue.

Current Accession Number 4410

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Object Name embroidery sampler, panel, canvas work

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A rectangular experimental sample of embroidery on canvas, the entire surface is covered by stitch but the majority of stitches used are not those usually associated with canvas embroidery. Chain stitches fill most of the piece and texture is added by the use of bullion stitch, French knots, appliquéd whipstitch, couching and others.An abstract diagonal shape fills the centre and the left hand corner and straight lines of excitingly mixed colour create the ground.The central abstract and the background are embroidered in many different weights of thread in predominantly olive green to yellow but line of coral colour, pink, white, purple and turquoise blue have been added very successfully in places.The resulting panel is very lively indeed.

Current Accession Number 4411

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Object Name Design sheet, embroidery sampler, sampler

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A small design sheet with a pencil drawing of a high-waisted dress illustrating where the embroidery was to be placed. The drawing is accompanied by two samples of stitching, the first a row of grey chevrons on a grey linen ground and the second a grey circle of the same fabric with a reverse appliqué spot in bright pink, three stitched spots in pink and three stitched spots in grey.The row of embroidered chevrons is outlined in couched grey thread, each chevron containing pink reverse appliqué spots, pink embroidered spots and darker grey spots.The words 'Design for border and button' and 'Alternative dress panel' are written on to the mount.

Current Accession Number 4412

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Object Name embroidered panel, sampler

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A maroon coloured mounted rectangle of silk with an organic 'whiplash' style pattern forming a U shape from one side to the other. The main lines of the pattern are depicted in maroon coloured cotton thread in a range of stitches and there are orange lozenge-shaped insets and some orange lines embroidered into the shape.

Current Accession Number 4413

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A small elongated stitch sample of free hand stitches on a calico ground. The stitches have been approached in the same way as the mark-making fashionable in drawing during the late 1960s and the 1970s. Fly stitches in orange, yellow and mulberry coloured fine wool thread have been overlapped to give a twig-like texture.Herringbone stitch has been overlapped and used as a cross hatching style mark in mixed shaded thin wools in orange, yellow and green.The third block of stitch is made up of open but overlapped lines followed by random seeding and then another block of long stitches, this time packed together tightly. All of the stitching follows the same selection of colour and fine weight of thread.

Current Accession Number 4414

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Object Name sampler, embroidery sampler

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Two separate samples of dark olive green whipstitch on an off-white plain cotton ground fabric.One of the samples is suggestive of a group of seven clipped topiary trees situated against a pattern of wrought iron work.The second sample is of a simple row of large spots surrounded by a single circular line.

Current Accession Number 4415

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Object Name sampler, embroidery sampler

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A free lace pattern of two leaves and parts of several others joined together at different angles. The leaves are coloured in two shades of pale green thread and it is possible to see areas of the vanishing muslin used as a support for the machine stitching. The vanishing muslin has not all disappeared and there are brown discolorations in patches.

Current Accession Number 4416

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A rectangle of orange coloured fine wool cloth torn from the length with a selection of basic and experimental stitches scattered over the surface. Most of the stitches are experimental variations on the basic stitches included in the sampler and for fuller effect wool thread has been used to embroider with.Crewel wool, tapestry wool, and perle cotton threads in colours ranging through tones of turquoise, blue, pink and grey have been used to stitch with. All the ends of thread have been left on the surface of the cloth.

Current Accession Number 4417

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Object Name embroidery sample, sample

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A roughly cut large scrap of black light dress weight wool fabric with a random selection of surface stitches embroidered over the surface in a sprigged fashion. The short lines of stitching are just long enough to obtain an idea of what the stitching might look like when developed. The stitch lines have been space out and the lines set at odds with each other to make the sampler more interesting.Red, purple, pale blue, and emerald green wool thread has been used to make the rows of stitching. The effect of the bright coloured lines of stitching on the black ground is very lively and the addition of the ends of thread has added to the liveliness.

Current Accession Number 4418

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A small sampler of white cording on a red wool fabric ground, the cording travels in a slight arc across the fabric from left to right in energetic sweeps, very much like pencil lines. The cords have been attached by Cornely machine, a single thread chain stitch machine, a twist and loop method. If gently lifted it is possible to see the loops of thread holding the twisted cord in place on the cloth.

Current Accession Number 4419

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A small rectangular sampler in black cotton fabric with an overlaid fabric, similar to a net but of a heavier and more complex weave. The holes in the net form spots and the embroiderer has used the holes and slightly denser quality of the net to play games with the stitching.A centralised free design uses a mixture of stitches: seeding stitches fill some of the holes at the centre, French knots also fill some holes and some are sitting on the surface. Horizontal and vertical lines of twisted chain stitch support the free pattern and work over the surface of the net. All the stitches are carried out in white cotton thread.

Current Accession Number 4420

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A small rectangular sample of lace created on the sewing machine by stitching straight on to vanishing muslin and vanishing the muslin by ironing.The pattern in this sample is of a geometric flower the positive shapes of which, when linked together, form a negative triangle. A single machine stitch line travels across the centre of the triangle offering additional support to the lace.The overall colour of the lace is light beige; this could have been created by the dye in the thread or by the scorching when the lace was vanished.

Current Accession Number 4421

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A small fragment of canvas with a partially stitched green wool cross-stitch ground and orange and yellow wool tufted stitches in a geometric flower shape. The flower shape is stitched in tufted work, orange wool thread on the outer edge and yellow wool on the inner. A graded brown example of the stitch is placed at the side of the orange flower.

Current Accession Number 4422

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Object Name stitched panel, embroidered panel, landscape

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A small panel, possibly an abstract landscape, in natural-coloured calico, pieces have been set into blocks in the bottom two thirds of the rectangle with vertical and horizontal lines of stitching, possibly representing abstract hedge lines. The horizon is represented by horizontal lines of piecing in calico, silk, hand stitch and machine stitch, these have been left open in places to reveal a paper ground painted in pale yellows and greens.

Current Accession Number 4423

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A small square sampler of herringbone and Cretan stitch in organic free shapes scattered across the surface of the plain cream-coloured silk ground fabric.

Current Accession Number 4498

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A small rectangular sample of red and white gingham ribbon stitched on to a length of calico. The colours and texture of the gingham has been altered by the addition of surface stitches. White stitches have been embroidered on to the red and pink grounds and red stitches on the white. This completely alters the balance of colour of the gingham fabric.

Current Accession Number 4499

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Object Name embroidered panel, picture, tapestry

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A small rectangular panel depicting four horses in a blue field. The horses, two beige brown, one brown and one a soft white are walking round and twitching their tails. The field has blue grass with green stylised tussocks, yellow flowers and a green hedge with a red gate. Only one corner of the gate is shown with a small section of hedge. A tree is placed in another corner with brown trunk and green leaves.

Current Accession Number 4500

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A small rectangular sample of beige scrim has been embroidered with a zigzag stitch on the sewing machine. The tension of the stitch has drawn the threads of the scrim together to form the pattern resulting in a lace type fabric.The design is free machined but it is possible to discern a vague pattern of alternately inverted trees that occupy most of the central section.

Current Accession Number 4501

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A fairly crude sample of tucking on a mid weight synthetic fabric. The cloth has been pin tucked in self-colour first. This has been followed by a row of deep tucks made in the opposite direction and these have again been stitched in self-colour.The whole sample is white on white.

Current Accession Number 4502

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A rectangular mounted sample in pink and white candy striped fabric, the lower set of stripes have been gathered and stitched vertically into the second set of stripes. These stripes are placed in a horizontal position and probably represent a yoke. A band of embroidery in bright pink cotton thread has been worked above the join on the horizontal band.

Current Accession Number 4503

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Object Name evening dress, scarf, shawl, wrap

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A long pale blue evening dress and matching shawl knitted in a mixed wool and cotton thread. The bodice has a simple scoop neckline, long sleeves and buttons down the front with a row of seven facetted plastic buttons in the same blue as the dress. The knitted cloth of the bodice consists of a horizontal lace pattern with a repeated hole, and neck, front opening and sleeves are finished with a scalloped edge. The shawl pattern matches that of the bodice and is finished at either end with a fringe knotted into the knitting.The skirt is straight and has been made in two sections. The pattern of the skirt is plainer than that of the bodice and looks similar to double crochet but I think that the skirt is also knitted. The hem of the dress is finished in the same scallops as the bodice edges.

Current Accession Number 4504

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Object Name picture, panel

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A blue silk crepe de chine evening dress with a silk crepe lining, the skirt begins below the waistline and there is an opening in the centre front neck revealing an inset of plain blue silk. A large single U shape of blue oval sequins finishes the front bodice. The bodice back repeats this format but the inset of fabric is heavy woven gold fabric instead of blue.The skirt of this dress is in two parts. The main decorated area is in the form of an over skirt that goes around the back of the shirt but is open to the waist at the front. An under skirt is revealed that has an overlay of crepe de chine where the opening reveals the underskirt but is plain blue silk where it cannot be seen. The opening is finished by a crepe de chine bow.The embroidery on the overskirt covers approximately half. Sharp peaks of straight machine running stitch in a vertical direction form a deep band of gold colour on the upper part of the design and a larger solid band of blue oval disc sequins, the upper edge echoing the peak pattern of the gold coloured metal thread embroidery, decorate the lower edge to the hem.

Current Accession Number 4514

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Object Name applique sample, sampler, textile fragment

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A fragment of cream coloured calico with a free design of narrow rectangles in pink printed fabric reverse appliquéd on to the ground fabric with orange machine embroidered zigzag stitch. The rectangles are set in two free groups that sit at right angles to each other.

Current Accession Number 4515

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Object Name embroidered sample, sampler

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A small sample of machine embroidered whipstitch. Tension on the sewing machine has been adjusted to enable the top thread to pull up the bottom thread forming a looped stitch. The embroidery has been moved in a circular formation to achieve a dense circular design. Olive green thread constitutes the stitching and the ground fabric is an intense lime green coloured cotton cloth.

Current Accession Number 4516

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Object Name embroiderd panel

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A small dark brown satin panel stretched over a card and laced at the back. The central motif is an organic triangular shape described with directional white Rumanian couching stitches with a more definite pink line running round the inside of the shape. The centre of the shape is filled with individual abstract shapes grading in colour from a dark red mixed with yellow at the top and moving through pink to pale pink at the bottom of the shape. A range of stitches has been used in a liner way to create visual texture.

Current Accession Number 4517

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A small square sample of piecing or patchwork, the cotton fabric used has been printed with lines of geometric pattern and has been cut and rejoined to change the direction of the lines into juxtaposed angles.The cotton fabric has a yellow ground and is printed with lines of white, blue and orange diamonds, circles, zigzags and comma shapes. The joins have been made on the sewing machine with a zigzag stitch in a blue thread similar to the blue used in the pattern.

Current Accession Number 4518

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A small rectangular experimental embroidery sample of free French knots scattered over a cotton canvas ground fabric. The knots are used singly in some places and have been piled up into dense areas in others. The thread used is luminous plastic, possibly telephone wire. Once the embroidery has been completed the finished work has been sprayed with an airbrush filled with pink dye and then blue dye. Both the ground of the sample and the stitching has been sprayed in places and the effect on the stitching is to reduce the impact of the luminous thread in some areas and heighten it in others.

Current Accession Number 4519

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Object Name applique sample, sampler

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A small square sample of reverse appliqué in striped cotton satin fabric. The printed striped fabric has been cut into bands and stitched to form a square. A second layer of the same fabric has been attached on the reverse side and lines of stitching machined in place in a diagonal direction, forming triangles. A random selection of the diamond shapes have been cut away to reveal the under fabric. Not only does this change the direction of the stripes in these triangles but the nap of the fabric is travelling in a different direction and this intensifies the colour making the exposed areas appear brighter than the rest of the sample.

Current Accession Number 4520

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Object Name stitched panel

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A small abstract landscape in a mixture of thread and pencil drawing. A horizontal dark grey mountainous bulk in a mixture of diagonal mid grey pencil marks and dense dark grey diagonal satin stitches with occasional spots of bright green sits just above the base of the panel. The bottom of the mountain range is a straight line suggesting a lake. Three long columns of mid grey diagonal pencil marks descend from the top of the panel, through the mountain range and into the lake.

Current Accession Number 4521

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Object Name stitched panel

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A small rectangular embroidered panel depicting an abstract landscape with mountains, weather and a lake. The ground fabric is plain black and the landscape has been achieved by using buttonhole stitch in horizontal lines with vertical diagonal lines of running stitch in a range of pale to darker mauve embroidery thread. The whole image has been flattened into pattern but perspective has been hinted at by the use of a tonal range from light at the top of the picture to the dark lake at the bottom.

Current Accession Number 4522

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Object Name embroidered sample, sampler

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A small sample of wrapped loops on a cream coloured linen ground fabric. Short lengths of a mixture of silk and wool threads ranging from cream through yellow to orange and bright pink have been tightly wrapped in machine embroidery thread in the same range of colours. The thread ends have been looped back and caught in the binding leaving a hoop shape at both ends of each thread. These short bound lengths have then been couched on to the fabric ground in a free arrangement.

Current Accession Number 4523

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Object Name embroidery sample, sample

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A hand embroidered sampler with a white checked ground fabric containing two blocks of dense stitching in black with glimpses of pink, yellow, orange and brown thread in the central sections. The check on the ground fabric is small and the black stitching has followed this check and been worked into two larger squares, the stitch directions in each small check opposing each other, making a light change on the thread and changing the colour. Experimental use of colour within the central section of the squares gives a sense of subtlety and mystery to the two samples. The black thread dominates but glimpses of bright pink, citrus yellow and orange break through in an abstract formation.

Current Accession Number 4524

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A rectangle of canvas with two squares of embroidery set diagonally from each other. Both examples are in the same technique but the colours are different, one sample is a light honey yellow and the other a warm olive yellow. Long wool threads at right angles to each other have been stretched across the surface of each square. Alternate threads are interwoven to prevent the long span of wool becoming loose. Successive threads are laid on top of each other forming a pattern of smaller, optically deep squares across the larger square. The tone quality changes depending on the angle from which the squares are viewed.

Current Accession Number 4533

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A sample of stem stitch formed into a free wave pattern on a ground of mid green furnishing fabric. The waves of stem stitch have been graded in colour from tones of green to bright blue.The sample of embroidery has been placed at one side of the length of ground fabric. Space at the other end suggests room for more experiment.

Current Accession Number 4534

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Object Name experimental embroidery, sampler

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A rough sample of course pulled thread work. Backstitches in a thick perle cotton thread have been worked into a very loose scrim ground. There are two samples of stitching, in one some of the weft threads have been withdrawn and in the other all of the weft threads have been withdrawn. The resulting textile is textured, rich and heavy. The embroidery is in white on a white scrim ground.

Current Accession Number 4535

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A sample of mixed surface stitch techniques worked on a synthetic lining fabric ground. White thread on a white ground has been used to achieve maximum effect with the texture of the stitch. Groups of stitches begin the design from the centre and spiral out to end in a circle of couched thread. Lines of stitches have then been added in a sunray formation, enlarging the circle. Each stitch technique has been tried in several different weights and textures of thread ranging from appliquéd synthetic lace to thick wool tufting.The ground fabric is light in weight and it has been badly affected by the use of glue on the mounting board. The sample has been removed from the mounting board but the damage has already been done.

Current Accession Number 4536

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Object Name experimental embroidery, sampler

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A square sampler of gold coloured metal thread on a light linen scrim ground, the sampler has been mounted on a firmer fabric to give the example more body and keep the long stitches under tension.The stitches radiate from a central point, a spiral line being achieved by turning the stitches at strategic angles, the cross over point of the threads forming a dense area that reads as a line. The spiral begins with fairly short stitch lengths and graduates to long threads. The light changes the colour of the gold thread as the angle changes.

Current Accession Number 4537

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Object Name panel, sampler

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A small panel of stitch and appliqué based on a circle divided in half. Thick semicircular lines of padded and appliquéd fabric, subtly textured, describe both sides of the circle in a broken abstract formation, the description of the circle is completed with lines of stitching in slightly shiny thread. The semicircular lines stop at the centre as if an invisible line is holding them apart.On one side of the circle the fabrics are gold through blue to grey and on the other side the colour travels from gold through brown velvet to a pale, cold, turquoise. The design is placed on a warm grey wool ground.The ground fabric is damaged in places, partly by glue from the old mounting board that has since been removed, and partly through insect damage to the wool.

Current Accession Number 4538

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Object Name quilting sample, sampler

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A rectangular sample of quilting with brown thread on a mid brown silk ground. An abstract geometric design of small and large rectangular shapes is picked out in a mixture of dark and mid brown backstitch. The angles nearer to the centre of the design have been trapunto quilted in a free arrangement. The padding adds a tonal effect to the linear design and produces a richer colour over the surface of the panel.

Current Accession Number 4539

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Object Name embroidered panel

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A small rectangular panel covered in dark green striped tweed fabric that has strips of other dark green and black fabric collaged to it. At the centre of this ground fabric is a long caterpillar style bug with a large black velvet head spotted with sequins and beads and a body striped with lines of different embroidery stitches in a range of threads. The colour ranges through tones of green with an almost glow worm colour at the tail graduating up to the black of the velvet head. A free collection of stitched, couched and loose legs is attached to both sides of the bug, as it appears to crawl up its dark green bark ground.The enjoyment of embroidery and of creating this bug is apparent in the piece.

Current Accession Number 4540

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Object Name stitched panel, Kantha

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A lively small square panel with an abstract design of circles and half circles set in a border of blue and black stitching. The ground fabric is white organdie and dark blue, dark and mid brown, pale yellow and light blue tapestry wool threads have been used for the stitching. Spaces between the design motifs have been filled with lines of running stitch in the style of a Kantha. The design motifs themselves are stitched mostly in French knots, backstitch and some herringbone. The total effect of the combination of colour, the choice of stitch, its effect on the very light weight ground fabric and the free design is a textile of hurtling activity. The embroidery has been mounted roughly on a thin card and inside the mount is a letter to Constance from Jeanne Abell and an address in St. Paul, USA.

Current Accession Number 4541

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Object Name embroidered panel, collage

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A collaged and embroidered panel featuring a stylized portrait head of St Francis of Assisi with two birds. The rectangular ground fabric is pale yellow silk and the centrally placed head with its halo of cream coloured silk together with the abstract tree shapes at the top of the panel are in brown fabric. One bird is blue and the other brown and the embroidered detail floats above or apart from the blocks of colour.

Current Accession Number 4542

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Object Name embroidered panel, picture

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A rectangular collaged picture of a girl with orange felt hair and an orange skirt and pink blouse playing with a ball. The drawing is very simple and stylised but the angle of the body, arms legs and head make the image full of life and movement.Basic colours have been collaged into place first and then stitches in contrasting colours have been added to enhance the decoration of skirt and blouse and supply the details of face, hands and feet.The ground fabric is olive green and the figure has been collaged in machine stitch on to this ground. All of the other stitched work has been applied by hand.

Current Accession Number 4543

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Object Name embroidered panel, collage

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A rectangular green fabric panel with a large portrait bust of a girl wearing a blue blouse and a large flowered hat at the centre. The drawing is stylized and the basic colour has been put down in simple blocks of collage with details embroidered over the surface in a style typical of the 1950s and early 1960s.The hat is basically blue with a beige ribbon around the crown. A black spotted net covers the hat and the top part of the girl's face. Simple pale yellow flowers and blue grasses decorate the net and a bunch of dark red velvet leaves finish the arrangement.The girl's blue blouse is simply decorated with black star stitches and abstract white lines. An appliquéd lace collar decorates the neck of her blouse.

Current Accession Number 4544

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Object Name sampler

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A long blue fabric stitch sampler with blocks of stitches held within parallel lines containing one word of a sentence that completes itself through the whole textile.The first group of stitches are placed in two vertical blocks and two horizontal blocks at the centre of the parallel lines at the top of the sampler. The sets of blocks create a vertical band of fabric and this is echoed in the next band containing the next group of stitches. The design then changes and the final three central shapes are more organic. All embroidery is in white thread of a fairly similar weight and texture. The sentence 'Five Basic Stitch Types' runs through the centre of the sampler.

Current Accession Number 4545

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Object Name embroidered panel, embroidery

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A square panel stretched with a fine cream coloured wool fabric ground onto which have been attached large padded spots. Some of the spots have been embroidered in lines of wool straight stitch in shaded greys and the spots are spaced a little like sparse pebbles on a sandy beach. At the bottom of this white square on to the ground fabric are stitched an organic mass of multi-coloured wool bullion knots that sweep around the pebble-like shapes as the sea would on to a beach. All the bullion knots are placed in the same direction.It is possible that this panel is unfinished as not all of the pebble shapes are finished and the unfinished ones are not attached to the ground fabric very securely indicating that more stitching was possibly intended.

Current Accession Number 4546

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Object Name collage, embroidered panel

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A rectangular panel featuring a large abstract head on a dark plum coloured ground fabric. The head has been built up from rectangles of orange fabric overlaid with pink and orange nets to bring as much vibrancy as possible to the piece. Three proportionally small square blocks of pink overlaid with black net indicate robotic eyes and two horizontal lines of intense stitching, one in dark pink and the other in light pink indicate the mouth. Busily stitched rectangular ear shapes are placed at either side of the head. French knots in pink and orange intensify the colour in the central area of the face. The excitement of being able to use intense textile colour is reflected in this piece of embroidery. The artist was possibly trained as a painter as it reflects what was going on in the art school painting environment of the time.

Current Accession Number 4547

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Object Name quilt, bedspread

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A single bed sized quilt or bed cover that has at one time been used as a door curtain. An over all pattern of long tendrils of stylized flowers and leaves cover the spread. The embroidery is entirely in chain stitch, possibly tambour or ari work. Rich red petal flowers with olive green bases join long winding stems of light brown. Bunches of dark blue leaves, dark green leaves and dark magenta tendrils wander through the spaces in between the main stems. The ground fabric is deep beige cotton and has been joined through the length at the centre. The embroidery has been worked over the join in what looks like naturally dyed hand spun wool. The colour of this hanging is deep and warm in tone but it is dirty, possibly through hanging in a room with a coal fire and then being packed away without being cleaned.

Current Accession Number 4548

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Object Name sampler, illustration

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A small rectangular sampler of raised chain band. The stitch has been worked in straight horizontal rows, sometimes blocked and sometimes broken. Thread colours vary; they include white, blue, two mid browns and red. The ground fabric is lightweight intense twill-woven red wool.

Current Accession Number 4549

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Object Name sampler, illustration

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A ground fabric of lightweight, intense, twill-woven red wool supports a group of wavy horizontal lines, wider in places than others. The lines have a grid-like appearance created by the use of chain stitch attached to the top surface of the long vertical threads. Vertical stitches, some of which are constructed from a cotton slub thread, have been laid down in differing lengths and directions. Horizontal lines of raised chain band have been worked in a finer thread over the surface.Variations in thread weight and texture create interest to the all white thread colouring. The effect of the varied lines of white thread on the red ground is dramatic and exciting.

Current Accession Number 4550

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Object Name machine embroidery, sample, sampler

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A small sample of machine zigzag stitch in a free triangle pattern in metal thread of varied colouring. The machine stitching has been worked on a calico ground that has been coloured to reflect the colours of the metallic thread. Coloured pens or pencils have been used to scribble in a circular motion and this active linear ground contrasts with the sharp quality of the machine stitched triangles.Constance has written on the mount at the bottom 'Machine stitching over chiffon, over scribble'. This description is not entirely accurate, the pen or pencil marking has been ironed or dampened and this has given the scribbled lines a softer look on the cloth than they would have had on paper.

Current Accession Number 4551

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Object Name embroidered panel

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A circular panel, the ground fabric coarsely woven wool, with a free design of French knots and wooden beads.Semi circles of French knots in varying sizes echo the outside circle shape of the panel. Round and square wooden beads dyed green have been added to the centre to give height and texture.The entire design has been carried out with French knots; there are no definite lines or borders, everything depends on different densities and textures.

Current Accession Number 4552

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A small, rectangular sample of experimental free machine stitching in silver Lurex thread on a cream coloured silk ground. An undulating horizontal line has been used to explore the properties of shiny silver Lurex thread when applied to free machine embroidery. Some of the undulating lines have been zigzagged giving the opportunity for maximum light movement to take place and a more subtle and broken texture has been achieved with a straight stitch to give a contrasting texture.

Current Accession Number 4553

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Object Name beading sample, sampler

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A small, square sample of experimental bead embroidery on a dark grey, corded silk ground. The beads have been arranged in a splash pattern, an organic star shape at the centre and a circle of inward facing scallop shapes forming a border with irregular spots of beads in between. An odd arrangement of light blue sequins sitting inside the u shapes finishes the design.The beads have been stitched on to the ground fabric; this is not tambour work.

Current Accession Number 4554

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Object Name sampler, experimental embroidery

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A small, circular sample of reverse appliqué with an intense turquoise felt layer on top, cut through to reveal a lighter toned turquoise fabric that has been embroidered by hand. The embroidery pattern consists of fine, straight, stalk-like lines with fine lines crossing them in a fish bone style layout. French knots have been added to introduce a slight texture to the line. The embroidery is all in the same mid blue, thin thread.

Current Accession Number 4555

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Object Name embroidery sample, sampler

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A sample of free herringbone stitch on a plain calico fabric ground, straight lines of self coloured running stitch spaced approximately 10mm apart run diagonally across a square of calico. These lines are crossed on the opposite diagonal by free wavy lines of herringbone stitch in orange, green, blue and magenta. These lines of herringbone are varied in both width and density. The resulting embroidery sample is expressive and musical.

Current Accession Number 4556

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Object Name sampler, metal thread work

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A sample of metal thread embroidery; couched, gold coloured, metallic thread is organised into a free design centred around a space beneath an organic rectangular padded motif. Loose rectangles with lines of couched thread running away from them in a tail-like formation and ending in space surround the space below the rectangle. Some of the couched lines wriggle into loops and curves while others form a tighter, denser band around their basic shape. The metal thread embroidery has been stitched on to a fairly flat turquoise silk ground fabric making the fine line embroidery more prominent.

Current Accession Number 4557

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Object Name embroidered picture, embroidery

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A small collaged and embroidered panel featuring the stylised image of a cathedral with a Russian style onion dome. The basic shape has been appliquéd onto the pale mulberry coloured ground fabric in varied rectangular blocks of different textured cloth in a range of tones of magenta and purple. The richness of the piece has been achieved by varying the texture of the applied fabrics. The base of the cathedral consists of a heavy black and mulberry floral patterned brocade whilst the upper sections are in felt, a lighter brocade and satin. The architectural detail has been added with couched black thread, a range of hand stitches and beads. Door arches and windows are particularly detailed; the rich carved surrounds being indicated with very fine hand stitching.The appliqué work has been machined into place and all the detail has been achieved with hand stitch.

Current Accession Number 4558

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Object Name sampler, embroidery sample

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A small sample of machine embroidery featuring a design based on an ear of corn; the motif is very delicate and the machine embroidery very fine in texture. A layer of thin black net has been applied to the finely textured, dense wool fabric ground, A very fine machine stitched line then picks out the design in a grey brown thread. The colour has been subtly intensified by using a clean greenish yellow cotton thread to pull out parts of the centre of the pattern. This thread brightens the yellowish beige ground fabric but is kept from being overwhelming by the use of the grey-brown main drawing thread. Small areas of zigzag stitch have been added to the design to intensify certain areas and add to the central texture. Sequins and small squares of yellow felt have also been used to heighten and enrich the pattern. This little sample is very rich in a very subtle way and needs careful inspection if its beauty not to be missed.

Current Accession Number 4559

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Object Name machine embroidered sample, sampler

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A sample of machine embroidered whip stitch in bright orange, pink and green thread on a lime green wool ground fabric; the bottom tension on the machine has been loosened as much as possible to achieve a long loop on the top. A spiralling movement has pulled the thread up to the surface and a rich texture has been achieved.The dark green thread has been used first followed by pink and topped by the orange.

Current Accession Number 4560

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Object Name sampler, embroidery sample

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An example of experimental drawn thread work; light weight scrim has been used as a ground fabric and sturdy cotton tapes have been looped through the mesh to form a much thicker and more weighty textile. The resulting sample has been spray dyed, the colour grading from mulberry to light grey. This cloth sample has then been mounted on watercolour paper that has been dampened, crumpled and dyed to form a sympathetic mount for the embroidery sample.

Current Accession Number 4561

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Object Name woven sample

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A small scrap of woven fabric with two diagonal bands of fine satin-like weave, one in plain grey and the other in bright blue. These bands are divided by bands of equal size but filled with checks, the central band has large checks and the two bands at the edges have small checks. All of the bands of checks are in the same grey colour as the grey plain band; the only difference is that the tone is graded from light to dark and back again on the opposite diagonal.

Current Accession Number 4562

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