|Object Name||table runner|
|Date||first half of the 20th century|
|Brief Physical Description||A large rectangle of fine linen fabric with a wide border of needle lace at either end.|
|Object Description Information||A large rectangle of fine linen fabric with a wide border at either end of needle lace, the border design consists of two thinner bands of abstract pattern and a central wide band of a repeat bird and flower motif. The birds appear to be sitting on branches of flowers and have leafy twigs in their beaks. The two smaller abstract bands of pattern on either side of the bird and flower border are very fine pulled thread work. The border itself is filet darning. The hand embroidery on such fine linen displays a very high level of skill on the part of the embroiderer.|
|Subject||embroidery, lace, domestic textiles, runner, table cloth, table runner, british|
|Measurements||910mm x 790mm|
|Number Of Items||1|
|Materials Used (aat)||linen|
|Materials Used (CH)||filet lace|
|Content And Subject Information||This linen cover could have been made for a table or for a chest of drawers in a bedroom or another room of the house. In more traditional British interiors during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century and for the first half of the Twentieth Century much of the furniture was made from dark wood. This dark colouring combined with heavy curtains over windows made for gloomy interiors. Much of the white domestic linen created to cover tops of furniture was intended to lighten and brighten these interiors.
Finely made lace and white work added to the status of the housewife and were very desirable.
|Production Information||Embroidered by a woman in a domestic situation, the design taken from a published pattern book. The resulting textile made for home use.|
|Rights||Goldsmiths, University of London. Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles|
|Style Period||Victorian style|
|Techniques Used (aat)||drawn thread work|