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Object Name table runner
Date early to mid 20th century
Brief Physical Description A small, fine white linen tablecloth or runner with a wide border at two ends of exceptional drawn thread embroidery.
Object Description Information A rectangular, white linen table cover, or cover for a wide chest of drawers, with a wide border of drawn thread work decoration at two ends of the cloth. The border is divided into three bands; the first and the third band are identical and formed by lines of repeated woven drawn thread stitches. The central band is made up of an undulating repeated pattern of simple stylised leaves and tree like flowers issuing from a thick central stem. The pattern is edged throughout with fine over-sewing and the wide forms of flowers, stem and leaves contain and show off different drawn thread work techniques. Each motif in the pattern, although linked by the wide, undulating vine contains a different example of a drawn thread stitch. The technical skill in this work is exceptional. The stitch technique involves counting the threads to be stitched over and pulled out and the linen is very fine.
Accession Number 4376
Subject embroidery, lace, domestic textiles, table cloth, table runner, table cover, british
Measurements 910mm x 790mm
Number Of Items 1
Materials Used (aat) linen
Materials Used (CH) pulled thread work
Content And Subject Information This little table cover would probably have been made as part of a trousseau, possible by the bride to be or the bride's mother. The cloth would have been an essential part of the textiles required to furnish the home of a self-respecting housewife. Textiles formed an important part of the presentation and status of a household during the Victorian period and on through the twentieth century. It was not until the Second World War that styles changed and a more transient lifestyle emerged influenced by the fast food, convenient lifestyle that had evolved in the USA.
Production Information Made by a woman in a domestic situation for her own or her family's use.
Rights Goldsmiths, University of London. Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles
Style Period Victorian style
Techniques Used (aat) drawn thread work, white work



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