Design for embroidery for a border to a petticoat and open gown, Anonymous. Museum number E.261-1973

Design for embroidery for a border to a petticoat and open gown, Anonymous. Museum number E.261-1973

Design for embroidery for a border to a petticoat and open gown
England
1780s
Pen and ink on laid paper
Bequeathed by Raymond Johnes
Museum no. E.261-1973

The front edge of the paper has been sewn onto a backing sheet to strengthen it. This, and the many pinholes, suggests that the design must have been used many times. The grid of pinholes shows how the design was tacked to muslin or gauze on a tambour frame.