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Needlework

Works of Art (37)

Altarcloth (detail), second half of 14th century, German; From the convent of Altenberg, Linen embroidered with satin, chain, chevron, and Romanian stitches (29.87)
Arabesque Interlace in Circle (signature B7) and Arabesque and Classical Ornament (signatures C6v and C7), ca. 1465–1527, Font designed by Giovanni Antonio Tagliente; woodcuts engraved by Piron da Carpi, From: Opera nuova che insegna a le donne a cuscire … laqual e intitolata Esempio di raccammi, Publisher: Giovanantonio e i Fratelli da Sabbio, Venice, 1530 (35.75.3)
Bed rug, 1796, Maker Unknown (American), Colchester, New London County, Connecticut, Linen/cotton and wool (33.122)
Biblical sampler, 1768, Sarah Lawrence (American), New York City, Silk thread on linen (1999.271)
Cabinet with personifications of the Five Senses, third quarter of 17th century, English, Satin worked with silk and metal thread, purl, chenille, seed pearls, coral beads, and mica; tent knots, rococo, satin, couching, and detached buttonhole stitches, knots; woven metal thread trim; silk and paper lining (29.23.1)
Cabinet with scenes from the story of Esther, after 1665, English, Silk satin worked with silk and metal thread; seed pearls, mica, feathers; detached buttonhole, buttonhole filling variations, French knot, single knot, laidwork, couching, satin, and stem stitches (64.101.1335)
David and Abigail, mid-17th century, English, Canvas worked with silk thread; tent, back, and cross stitches; unfinished (64.101.1325)
Embroidered coverlet, 1770, Mary Breed (American), Probably New London County, Connecticut, Linen and cotton with wool embroidery (22.55)
Embroidered coverlet, ca. 1760–75, Ruth Culver Coleman (American), Possibly Sag Harbor, Suffolk County, New York, Linen with wool embroidery (61.48.1)
Embroidered sampler, 1721, Anne Chase (American), Newport, Rhode Island, Silk on wool (L.2001.53.4)
Embroidered sampler, 1739, Ruth Rogers (American), Boston, Massachusetts, Silk on linen (1984.331.6)
Embroidered sampler, 1766, Rebekah White (American), Salem, Massachusetts, Silk on linen (1984.331.8)
Embroidered sampler, 1793, Maria Lalor (American), New York, New York, Silk on linen (1993.100)
Embroidered sampler, 1795, Mary Jones (American), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Silk and linen, with gold leaf, on linen (1984.331.22)
Embroidered sampler, 1799, Millsent Connor (American), Boston, Massachusetts, Silk on linen (1974.42)
Flounce, 17th century, Italian, Lace (33.90.47)
Garden of Eden, last quarter of 16th century, English, Velvet worked with silk and metal thread; appliqué, tent, long-and-short, split, stem, satin, chain, knots, and couching stitches (64.101.1284)
"The Indian Princess," ca. 1740–60, Unknown artist (American) Boston, Massachusetts, Linen embroidered with wool and silk thread (53.179.13)
Needlework picture (probably a chair back), ca. 1755–65, Mehitable Starkey (American), Probably Boston, Massachusetts, Wool yarn and silk threads on linen (2003.480)
Ornamento Delle Belle & virtuose Donne, 1554, Matteo Pagano, Italian (Venice), 1554, Book with woodcut plates (21.15.2bis)
Panel with musical party in a garden, 1647, English, Canvas worked with silk thread; tent stitch (64.101.1314)
"Penelope Unraveling Her Work at Night," 1886, Dora Wheeler (American), for Associated Artists (New York City), Silk embroidered with silk thread (2002.230)
Portrait of Charles I, ca. 1650–70, English, Silk satin worked with silk and metal thread; split, straight, and satin stitches (39.13.7)
Purse, early 17th century, English, Canvas worked with silk and metal thread, glass beads, spangles; Gobelin, tent, and detached buttonhole stitches (29.23.15)
Sampler, 1656, Anna Buckett, English, Linen worked with silk threads; long-and-short, split, stem, back, tent, cross, and satin stitches (64.101.1327)
Sampler, 1777, Elizabeth Jefferis (American, 18th century) Chester County, Pennsylvania, Wool and silk on linen (59.20)
Sampler, 1800, Laura Hyde (American), Franklin, Connecticut, Silk and metallic thread on linen (44.113)
Sampler, ca. 1785, Mary Munro (American), Miss Balch's School, Providence, Rhode Island, Silk on linen (1984.331.14)
Sampler, ca. 1792, Martha (Patty) Coggeshall (American), Probably Mrs. Anne Usher's School, Bristol, Rhode Island, Silk on linen (14.26)
Scenes from the Life of Abraham, mid-17th century, English, Linen worked with silk thread; tent and couching stitches (64.101.1306)
Shepherd and shepherdess scene, ca. 1740, Keturah Rawlins (American) Boston, Massachusetts, Wool, silk, and metallic threads on linen (39.108.1)
Spot sampler, mid-17th century, English, Linen canvas worked with silk and metal thread; stitches include tent, cross, back, plaited braid, detached buttonhole, knots, and laidwork (64.101.1328)
"Spring," 1754, Mary Wright (American), Possibly Sarah Osborn's school, Newport, Rhode Island, Wool and silk on linen (46.155)
Table carpet fragment, late 16th century, English, Canvas worked with wool and silk thread; tent stitch (54.7.8)
Textile with Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata, late 14th century, Tuscany, Italy, Colored silks, metal thread (64.101.1384)
Thomas coat of arms, ca. 1786, Mary Ann Thomas (American), Probably Mrs. Deborah Snow's School, Boston, Massachusetts, Pattern drawn by John and Samuel Gore, Silk and metallic thread on silk (36.28)
The Tree of Life, first half of 17th century, English, Canvas worked with silk thread; tent, Gobelin, and couching stitches (64.101.1305)