Embroidered piece of cloth

Crewelwork embroidery piece

American (Massachusetts)
mid-18th century

Object Place: Falmouth, Massachusetts, United States


64 x 62 cm (25 3/16 x 24 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with wool embroidery; plain weave silk backing added later

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Linen plain with wool embroidery in nearly symmetrical floral design; most of embroidery in Roumanian couching or New England laid stitch; blue-green mound at bottom in center with three rows of pink and white flowers with thin black stems in stem stitch; two bunches of strawberries above in woven stitch; red and ink and blue, white and pink flowers outlined in stem stitch and filled in with Roumanian couching or New England laid stitch; two large blue-green, yellow, and pink leaves at bottom and one large dark blue and green leaf at center top have same stitches; pair of pink and white birds with yellow crests and blue-green tail feathers at top; (according to original description, possibly from the skirt or underskirt of dress embroidered in crewels).

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Helen M. Robinson