Border

Object name

Date made

Late 16th century

Place made

Description

Late 16th-century linen cutwork border or band, likely produced in Italy.

Content description

Late 16th-century linen cutwork border or band with couching, satin stitches, eyelet stitches, and buttonhole bars (cutwork), likely produced in Italy. Quadratic counted stitch cutwork motifs are interspersed with couched, trailing, and satin stitch leaves. Double faggot filling stitches have been used throughout. The drawn stitch edge at bottom is hemmed, whereas the top edge has been cut. These edges are adorned with a series of drawn thread wrapped bars. There are whip stitched seams every 20 centimetres connecting pieces of the linen ground. The red backing is likely 20th century and has been applied to several other early modern cutwork borders in the Royal School of Needlework collection.

Dimensions

length: 247cm
width: 7.5cm

Materials

Stitches

Techniques

Motifs

Catalogue number

COL.37

Other numbers

RSN 227
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