Reclining Shepherdess Tent Stitch Picture
Tent stitch pictures like this one were popular projects for adolescent girls during the eighteenth century. Young women often attended a school where they were instructed in embroidery techniques desirable as skills for gentlewomen. This piece is worked with both wool and silk threads in tent stitch, as well as embellished with French knots worked over the tent stitching. It is stitched in the traditional manner, i.e., in a way that results in a distorted canvas that must be stretched back to its rectangular shape when the work has been completed. The needlework is tacked to a sealed wooden stretcher frame and framed in the period manner.
Vegetable-dyed wool and silk thread on linen canvas
18x22 inches needlework; 21.5x25.75 inches overall (including frame)
The Adam & Eve tent stitch picture is another example of this kind of schoolgirl needlework art.
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