Part of a valance

Crewelwork embroidery
Part of an incomplete set of bed hangings

American (New England)
around 1730–1740
Worked by Elizabeth Parsons (Fogg) (American, 1718–1779)

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


28 x 80.5 cm (11 x 31 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and cotton plain weave, wool embroidery, linen plain weave tape

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Part of a crewelwork valance (right half); white linen and cotton ground cloth; left end folded over 1/4” and other three edges bound in white linen tape; polychrome wool embroidered design of flowering vine; thinned dark stems in stem stitch; thicker stems, solid areas of leaves and petals in New England laid stitch (or Roumanian couching); brown center of yellow sunflower blossomin made from grid of stem stitching and couched threads.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. George W. Collier