Embroidery from Paradise:
so called is the antique Ottoman Empire (1299-1922) gold thread embroidery, the art or handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn...
European Needlepoint Wool oval shape cover, 16" x 27" wide, nicely evenly worn wool needlepoint work. The condition is good.
Very early woven sewing trim of red and blue on an ivory linen ground. The total length is 53". The top and bottom edges are folded in and the trim came on a homemade poplar winder which is 5" long and about 3" wide. Obviously a treasured item in someone's sewing stash. Excellent condition.
A doll dress, probably sewn by a little girl with pagoda sleeves and 1860's fabric. The dress is 17" long with a gathered bodice and tiny little cartridge skirt pleats. A large button secures the back. Oversewn with darker thread at some point in the waist and sleeve hem areas. Several stains in the back and the fabric is faded. I have included an image of the interior of the dress where more of the original fabric coloring is visible. A really lovely item for display.
A pair of patchwork potholders from the late 19th century. The small one is a diamond four patch in pretty subdued browns, pink and ivory with a brown check binding and a brown reverse. Measures 4 1/2" square and is hand quilted. The larger is composed of mini squares of various printed fabrics from the era with cinnamon pink binding and reverse. One of the patches has some loss, and there are minor stains on the reverse...
Hand sewn doll sun bonnet, circa 1910 with a gathered neck flap, ruffle edge and interior and exterior ties. Lovely Edwardian era strip fabric in blues, red and a soft mustard yellow. Exquisitely sewn with tiny stitches. 4 1/2" from tip of ruffle to back poof. Ties approximately 7" long.
This Mennonite Lone Star quilt could not be richer in color. The deep green background perfectly sets off the white quilting which is elaborately done with wreaths. The diamond pieces making up the star are smaller than usual adding more waves of color. The orange zig-zag border beautifully repeats colors within the star.
Lebanon County, Pennsylvania origin. 92" square. Unwashed condition with two small smudges and two area of light fading visible in thumbnail photos.
The Oakleaf blocks are so densely packed in this appliqué quilt that they form a secondary pattern of groups of four green leaves. The border, in addition to continuing the leaves, has hearts throughout. The Oakleaf is a traditional pattern but placement of the blocks in this example gives it an abstract quality as well.
The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1860. Measurements are 74" x 86".
Satin cushions spelling out welcomes for new babies with hand wrought pins were popular presents in the 18th and 19th centuries. They were hung on the door or placed near the new baby's cradle. This one was made for Mary L. Fisk, born in Connecticut, and is accompanied by a note sewn onto the pillow which reads, "May 20, 1837 - The birth of Mary E. Fisk-". Spelled out in pins is "WELCOM THE LITTLE ONE" on one side and "MARY L FISK" on the other on an olive green ground...
Wonderful turkey red printed child's handkerchief, circa 1890. Titled: I Had a Little Pony ... They Called it Dapple Grey" encircling a charming image of a girl and her pony. In the corners are cartouches picturing a robin, a jay, a dove and a rooster encircled by Victorian twig and vine borders. The handkerchief is seamed on three sides and a selvedge edge on one side. Excellent condition - clean and crisp with bright color.
Petite sewing roll-up or "housewif" from the 1880's. Tartan plaid wool exterior and a lovely array of period cottons make up the sections of the interior. Red cotton tape binding and tie. Handsewn, with tiny areas of moth damage on front. 6 1/2" long, 3 1/4" wide.
A 7" square pieced velvet pincushion from the 1880's. The cushion is very hard, probably filled with sawdust. The edges are piped in blue but the blue of the piping and central hexagon has faded. The reverse is brown silk. Great visual appeal despite the losses.
Small-sized 19th century cushion with a brown plaid silk on one side and a great printed calico on the other. The sides are a black velvet and the tufting buttons are covered in an olive green heavy silk. Feels like it was stuffed with horsehair. 7"x7"x1 1/2". Missing central button on plaid side. Clean and in excellent condition otherwise.
Unusual triangular shaped keepsake book celebrating an 1890 graduation from Norway High School in Maine. Blue velvet cover opens to full sized pages that when unfolded, reveal poems, greetings and messages to the graduate. Each page is filled. 8" across the long end. Excellent condition.
Set of three Mennonite stuffed birds made from thick ticking stripe fabrics, from the 1920's. Stuffed birds were used as children's toys, pincushions and as decoration in Mennonite homes. Pennsylvania origin. Each bird is made of different combination of red and blue ticking with black embroidered eyes. Entirely hand sewn. Each bird is 7" long.
A nice log cabin pattern pincushion in colors from the 1880's. Made of heavy brocade fabrics with a red linen center and a printed black calico on the reverse. Completely hand sewn. Stuffed with cotton or wool. Approximately 4" square. Clean, excellent condition.
Pins were valuable commodities in the mid-19th century and elaborate pin keeps such as this kept them safe and at hand. this patchwork pin keep descended with a note that reads "Made by Grnadma Minor/1860 -given to Ellen Minor/Briggs about 6 years old". Shaped like a fiddle, a small patchwork pattern decorates one side, the reverse is made of a brown stripe silk. A brown silk ribbon is attached to the top. Good condition. 8 1/2" long; 3 3/4" wide.
A group of calico and gingham seed and ditty bags dating to the early decades of the 20th century. The largest one is pink gingham, 14" x 15" with the initials "M B" embroidered in the center ($40). There are two small bags, a blue and white windowpane check and a red and white stripe ($35/ea). There is a pair of cadet blue ground with white stars bags with an Amish origin ($165.00). All are in good condition, there is minor staining on the pink gingham which I have not tried to launder.