Made by Cynthia Ashworth, American
Cotton plain weave with appliqués of plain, block- and roller-printed cotton, cotton chintz, and cotton compound weave; padded appliqué; silk and wool embroidery in chain, overcast, seed, straight, cross, knotted, and plush stitches; channel quilting
93 x 93 inches (236.2 x 236.2 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Percival Armitage, 1942
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The changing aesthetics of the nineteenth century are reflected in the diversity of needlework techniques which decorated household textiles, garments and accessories, including delicate whitework early in the century, opulent high Victorian Berlin wool work, and aesthetic period art needlework.
Needlework from the Nineteenth Century highlights the artistic talent and technical skill of the needlewomen of the century. It features embellished objects such as embroidered dresses from both the Neoclassical and bustle periods, a selection of samplers and schoolgirl embroidery, an appliqué Baltimore album quilt, and an embroidered patchwork quilt.