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Collection of the Guild of St George, Museums Sheffield
Embroidered mat
Embroidery
Date Made/Found: late 19th-early 20th Century
Maker: Ruskin Linen Industry
Material and Medium: silk and gold thread on linen
Dimensions: Support: 504 x 501mm
Department: Ruskin
Accession Number: CGSG01242
This cushion cover is made from a pattern that is also in the Ruskin Collection. The designer wrote on the pattern for this embroidery 'worked all one way', ensuring the stitches appear in a uniform direction. The base fabric and the embroidery thread was made from linen produced by the industry. The stitching in the orange thread would have been done first, mostly in a stitch called 'satin stitch'. Satin stitch is used to fill an area with colour and is generally made from a close-packed series of long and short straight stitches. Often the shape that is stitched is outlined with back-stitch or chain-stitch either before or after the satin stitch is carried out to give a uniform edge. In this case the gold thread was back-stitched in later. The edges are ornamented with bullion loops. Bullion loops are made by twisting the thread several times around the needle before the needle is inserted back into the base fabric.
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