Design for needlework pattern depicting anemones, Francis Johnston

Design for needlework pattern depicting anemones, Francis Johnston

Design for needlework pattern depicting anemones, adapted for the ‘Havant’ design for a table runner
Francis Johnston (1889-1965)
Designed for Vicars & Poirson Limited
England, London
1930-1950
Blue pencil
Museum no. E.1554-2001

A second design in blue pencil, inscribed ‘bottom’ to orientate the design, on tracing paper is part of this more final stage in the design process. These versions were normally perforated - the holes that penetrated the entire length of the lines of the design were punched through the paper by a perforation machine which can be seen in front of Francis Johnston and his colleagues in the photograph of the drawing office. None of the designs in the  group related to the ‘Havant’ pattern, are pricked and pounced for transfer, perhaps because they were kept as records. This design is therefore a more finished drawing in the process of design than the sketch in charcoal.