Raised Embroidered Picture

Two raised work embroidered peacocks embellished with beads on black velvet (unfinished work). The peacocks stand on a raised “ground” area with surface embroidered flowers, leaves, and grasses. To form the raised areas, padding of wool or cotton was stitched down and embroidered. Some of the feathers are stitched in silver metallic thread. Silk, wool, and chenille threads were used. The stitches are satin, stem, split, and straight.
Object Name
embroidered picture
overall: 27 7/8 in x 23 in; 70.8025 cm x 58.42 cm
made at
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Victorian Needlework
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Victorian Needlework
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Miss S. E. Cummings

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