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


27 x 145.5 cm (10 5/8 x 57 5/16 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



Crewelwork valance with symmetrical shapes that indicates it was used at the end or foot of the bedstead. The ground cloth consists of three pieces of white linen and cotton ground (linen warp, cotton weft) with abutting seams and edges bound in linen tape; polychrome wool embroidery in with floral design of meandering vine with large leaf in center; thin dark blue stems in stem stitch, leaves, petals, bud and berries mostly in New England laid stitch (or Romanian couching) with smaller areas in satin stitch, strawberries in New England laid stitch with seed stitch seeds, two pink flower centers in grid of stem stitch with couched yellow threads, brown sunflower centers in bullion stitches.

Credit Line

Special Textile Fund