Cardwork Mat with Greeting Card

This cardwork picture frame contains a printed Christmas card greeting. The frame is embroidered with variegated red wool on a dark gray card. Cardwork embroidery was a popular form of needlework in the mid 19th century, and was frequently used for small items such as bookmarks and stamp covers. The perforated card was covered with holes in a grid pattern so that a design could be worked in either wool or silk threads, frequently embellished with beads.
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Object Name
cardwork mat with greeting card
Date made
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
embroidery (overall production method/technique)
wool yarn (overall material)
overall: 9 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in; 24.13 cm x 19.05 cm
ID Number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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