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Panel

Panel

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1953 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dean, Beryl, born 1911 - died 2001 (designer)
    Dean, Beryl, born 1911 - died 2001 (embroiderer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand embroidered gold, silk and cotton thread on linen

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Needlework Development Scheme

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.196-1962

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Needlework Development Scheme (NDS) was established in 1934 to encourage embroidery and to raise the standard of design in Britain. Organised by four Scottish art schools, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, its collection of foreign and British embroidery was available to domestic science and training colleges, women's institutions and schools, as well as art schools. By 1939, the Scheme had acquired some 900 embroideries but the outbreak of WWII closed the Scheme and the collection was retained by the four original art schools. Glasgow School of Art was instrumental in re-starting the scheme late in 1944 and the NDS was gradually expanded to encompass other art schools in the United Kingdom where embroidery was caught. The NDS was disbanded in 1961 when funding was withdrawn, although it was recognised that the Scheme had achieved its aims. Its collection was divided and distributed to various organisations included the Embroiderers Guild, The National Museum of Scotland and the V&A.
Beryl Dean trained at the Royal School of Needlework and taught at Eastbourne College of Art. She is best known for her ecclesiastical embroidery. She was awarded an MBE for services to embroidery in 1975. In an interview on 13 December 1996 Beryl Dean, aged 86, said that she had found the gold fabric for this panel in Rouen market.

Physical description

Panel of hand-embroidered linen in silks and gold threads. With a figure representing St Peter. The stitches used include a variety of laid work fillings, encroaching satin stitch, split stitch and couching.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1953 (made)

Artist/maker

Dean, Beryl, born 1911 - died 2001 (designer)
Dean, Beryl, born 1911 - died 2001 (embroiderer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand embroidered gold, silk and cotton thread on linen

Dimensions

Width: 11.5 in, Length: 37.1 cm

Object history note

The Needlework Development Scheme had commissioned Beryl Dean to produce work to inspire more innovative ecclesiastical embroidery. They gave her five titles covering types of items and technqiues and she produced samples covering the areas she felt most inspired by. She said that she also did some good items at the time which she did not let the NDS have. Subjects she did work were from the titles 'laidwork' and 'altar linen'.

Descriptive line

Panel of hand-embroidered linen in silks and gold threads, designed and embroidered by Beryl Dean, England, 1953

Production Note

Needlework Development Scheme 4133

Attribution note: In an interview on 13 December 1996 Beryl Dean, aged 86, said that she had found the gold fabric for this panel in Rouen market.

Materials

Linen; Gold thread; Silk; Cotton thread

Techniques

Hand embroidery

Categories

Religion; Christianity; Textiles; Embroidery

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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