Berlin Woolwork Pattern

Der Politiker, a Berlin woolwork pattern. According to Miss Lambert’s Handbook of Needlework published in 1846, in 1805 a Mr. Phillipson introduced hand painted patterns on ‘point paper’ (graph paper). However, some people thought his patterns were devoid of taste and in 1810 a Madame Wittich prevailed upon her husband, a printseller of note in Berlin to undertake the publication of a series of these patterns. Miss Lambert claimed to have gotten her information from Mr. Wittich. To produce the patterns a master copy of the design was made on paper, then a copperplate was engraved with faint symbols in each square indicating the color. The plate was printed, and colorists painted each square using a tiny square-tipped brush. In 1820 with the introduction of Berlin wools comes the name Berlin woolwork patterns.
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United States
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 15 5/8 in x 13 in; 39.6875 cm x 33.02 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Hope Hanley Levy
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Victorian Needlework
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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