Bed curtain (head cloth)

Crewelwork embroidery
Part of an incomplete set of bed hangings

American (New England, Kensington, NH)
Worked by Elizabeth Parsons (Fogg) (American, 1718–1779)

Object Place: Kensington, New Hampshire, United States; Object Place: Salisbury, Massachusetts, United States


201 x 186 cm (79 1/8 x 73 1/4 in. )

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and cotton plain weave, wool embroidery

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Crewelwork bed curtain, head cloth; white linen and cotton ground cloth; borders of polychrome wool embroidery; narrow stems in stem stitch, thicker stems and shaded areas of mounds, flowers, leaves and berries in New England laid stitch (or Romanian couching); seed stitch filling in some flower centers and leaves; yellow flower centers in grid of stem stitching and couched threads; at least one flower with bullion stitching at center

Credit Line

Special Textile Fund