The society silk style of
embroidery began as a past time in England long before it came to America.
For some women it eventually became a way to earn a living from home.
Perhaps the original American cottage industry, fine silk embroideries could be
produced at home and then sold as "lots" to linen houses for sale in a wider
market. "Society silk" is a popular reference to the Royal Society of
Embroidery that produced the silk floss, embroidery patterns and promoted the
cottage industry of embroidering finer pieces. Additionally, they promoted embroidery
"clubs" that fostered friendly competition between members to produce the finest
work. This glorious piece of embroidery came from that period and
represents the very best of technique, materials and design.
Stunning antique society
silk embroidered tea cloth with long stem roses is beautifully embroidered on
cream linen lawn with all the classic elements of the style. Random petals
are strewn about an artistically scalloped border and intermingled with
realistic long stem roses in all stages from bud to seed. The veining on leaves and thorns are
particularly crisp as are the padded and shaded details of each rose. An
old ink stain tops the flaw list, along with three very tiny holes, all shown
below. This one will make you faint in person. I'm not
kidding.... Freshly laundered and pressed, in excellent condition, as
described. c.1890 - 1910 26"