The Language of Flowers
Nature provides the embroiderer with endless amounts of inspiration. Our current exhibition celebrates the humble yet beautiful flower. You can see just a few examples of pieces on display here, but we would love you to come to the Museum to see how embroiderers over time have represented the flower using needle and thread.
Worked in the mid 20th Century, this beautiful bag is worked on a fine even weave canvas using wool and silk threads. Stitches used are tent stitch, cross stitch and straight stitch. Reference no.1989-052
An Elizabethan style small linen bag. Early 20th Century from England. Stitches include chain stitch, french knots and satin stitch. Reference no. 2008-014
Black sateen mantel shelf valance with multi-coloured carnations. Late 19th Century. Reference 1996-023
A large rectangular drawn thread mat. This mat is part of a dressing table set and has two smaller matching mats, each with roses in the corner. Reference 2011-066.