Fragment of crewel work in blue

American (New England)
second quarter of the 18th century

Object Place: New England, United States


10 x 22.9 cm (3 15/16 x 9 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and cotton plain weave with wool embroidery

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Plain weave linen and cotton (linen warp in longer, horizontal direction) embroidered in scrolling floral pattern with dark, medium, and light blue wool; dark blue outlines of vine in stem stitch; dark blue dots inside vine in back stitch; flower motifs of all blues in Roumian couching or New England laid stitch; line drawn in ink visible on ground cloth where stitches worn away

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund