Friday, March 2, 2012

Bono sketch embroidery design


Copies of oil-paintings in wool-work, such
as were produced by Miss Mary Linwood
(b. 1755, d. 1845) an d Miss Knowles (b. 1733,
d. 1807), "the Quaker, that works the sutile
pictures," * represent the climax of this mis-
taken art.

A single illustration (Plate 60) exemplifies
the extent to which embroidery was used for
the decoration of costume in the eighteenth
century. It is a gentleman's coat, of the
latter half of the century, worked in floss
silks of several colours.

Of the nineteenth century we must say
very little. Taste during the earlier part of
the century was not good. Since then a
revival has set in. Excellent results have
already been attained, and there is good
promise for the future.

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