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Object Name table runner
Date 1920s
Brief Physical Description Long, rectangular table runner on Granite cloth with a mock Jacobean decoration of swirls and stylised flowers in bright colours.
Object Description Information A long rectangle of coarsely woven grainy fabric with a twisted pattern in Jacobean style embroidered on to the surface in a variety of surface embroidery stitches. The pattern takes the basic form of an elongated figure of eight with stylised flowers growing from the twisted stems. The flower shapes are quite bizarre and this quality is enhanced by the extraordinary choice of colour. The embroidery is carried out in blue, black, red, yellow, green, pink and brown wool thread and the rectangle is edged in brown buttonhole stitch with a line of pink chain stitch on the inside.
Accession Number 4381
Subject embroidery, domestic textiles, table cloth, runner, doily, table mat, table runner, english
Measurements 1200mm x 400mm
Number Of Items 1
Materials Used (aat) wool, linen, jute
Materials Used (CH) Buttonhole stitch, chain stitch, French knots, fly stitch
Content And Subject Information A label attached to the table runner reads: ‘Table runner on Granite cloth, circa 1920's'

There was a fashion for the Tudor period during the 1920's. Architecture produced many buildings in the black and white Tudor style. The Arts and Crafts movement, although having begun at the end of the reign of Victoria, was still active although diminished by the devastation of the First World War. The Arts and Crafts Movement had revealed a passion for medieval design. The mock Jacobean style of this table runner reveals freshness and an excitement that reflects the influence of these movements and hints back to earlier periods in English history.
Production Information Embroidered by women in a domestic situation from a commercially printed transferred pattern.
Rights Goldsmiths, University of London. Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles
Style Period arts and crafts movement, mock Tudor style
Techniques Used (aat) couching



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