Crewelwork embroidery
Part of an incomplete set of bed hangings

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

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


Overall: 30.5 x 189.2 cm (12 x 74 1/2 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 embroidered valance with pieced ground cloth (three pieces) that have linen warp threads running horizontally and cotton wefts running vertically and with pieced lining bound with linen tape. Shaped lower and side edge. Asymmetrical shape indicates that it was probably hung along the side of the bedstead. Embroidered in scrolled vine pattern with dark blue thin stems in stem stitch, shaded areas of large flowers and leaves in New England Laid stitch (or Romanian couching), yellow flower centers in grids of threads couched in parallel lines of stem stitch, dotted areas within blue pomegranate in seed stitch.

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund