Pair of pockets, Britain

Pair of pockets, Britain

Pair of pockets
Britain
1718-20
Museum no. T.41&A-1935

These unfinished pieces of embroidery demonstrate the steps in making pockets. The design is drawn in ink on a piece of linen. The linen is backed with another piece and set into an embroidery frame for the needlework to be carried out. Once finished, the pocket would be cut out, lined and sewn to the back, the edges bound and ties attached. The embroidery pattern on this pocket is the same as its pair, and probably drawn free hand.

The large floral motifs with curling leaves and petals echo woven silk designs from the period 1710-1720.

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