White Work Embroidery

An unfinished piece of French or white work embroidery. Embroidered in cotton on double thickness of linen fabric showing the pattern stamped in blue and partly worked, in eyelet, satin, and buttonhole stitches by a young soldier at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. The date “August 21st, 1866” is penciled on the wrong side. The eyelet stitches require first a hole to be made in the fabric and then satin stitches completely cover the edge of the opening. This piece shows the progression of a work, with the excess fabric cut away after the buttonhole stitches were finished along the edge.
Currently not on view
Object Name
embroidery, white work, unfinished
date made
overall: 11 in x 10 in; 27.94 cm x 25.4 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 Mrs. Clarence J. Robinson
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