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Slips

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen canvas, embroidered with silks in tent stitch

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.748 to B, D to F, I, J-1925

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Slips were small, usually floral motifs drawn onto canvas, then embroidered and cut out. They would be applied to a rich backing fabric such as velvet or satin. They were used in various types of furnishing, particularly bed hangings. It was more manageable for the domestic embroiderer to work a small piece of canvas that could be held in the hand than to tackle a large embroidery in a single piece. It was also easier, if necessary, to detach the slips and reapply them to another backing. The flowers and fruit depicted on these slips are dogroses, pears, pansies, tulips, cherries, cornflowers, foxgloves, and honeysuckle.

Physical description

Embroidered slips

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1600 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen canvas, embroidered with silks in tent stitch

Dimensions

Width: 16 cm J, Length: 19 cm J, Width: 18 cm I, Length: 19 cm I, Width: 18.5 cm F, Length: 21.5 cm F, Width: 14.5 cm E, Length: 19 cm E, Width: 14.5 cm D, Length: 19.5 cm D, Width: 19 cm B, Length: 20.5 cm B, Width: 14 cm A, Length: 19.5 cm A

Materials

Linen; Canvas; Silk thread

Techniques

Embroidery

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Fruit

Categories

Embroidery

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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