1880-1900 Crazy-patchwork Parlor Throw

Description
An unknown maker crafted this example of contained crazy-patchwork. Twenty 12 ¼-inch blocks are elaborately embroidered and surrounded by a 2-inch black ruffled border. The center of each block has a larger design, either floral or other motif such as a fan or a horseshoe. Birds, ceramics, and Kate Greenaway motifs typical of the era also adorn the throw. Silk, satin, velvet, and ribbon were used for the patchwork, which was lined with black pattern-woven silk. Chenille and silk embroidery threads were used for the many fancy stitches that embellish the throw.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1880-1900
maker
unknown
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
fabric, silk, satin, velvet, ribbon, cotton (overall material)
thread, silk, chenille (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 66 in x 53 in; 166 cm x 135 cm
ID Number
TE.T13108
accession number
250072
catalog number
T13108
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Harry G. Meem and Mrs. Ann Carroll Meem Rogers
subject
Quilting
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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