Tapestry and Needlepoint Kits
Shaker Patchwork Flowers
Tapestry Designer: Karen Dixon
This wonderfully colourful design is based on flower
motifs and patterns from various forms of American folk
art. The central square is inspired by a panel from a
quilt worked around 1846. The design on the left hand side
of this comes from a bookplate of 1795 in the fraktur
tradition. Fraktur was the style of hand-decorated
manuscripts primarily worked by immigrant
Pennsylvanian-German families in America.
To the right is a tulip motif, the most popular flower
depicted in 18th and 19th century folk art, from a fraktur
birth & baptism certificate dating to around 1809.
Just above is a vase of flowers based on a wool bed rug
from Stowe, Vermont, 1819. To the left is a detail of a
flower from a beautifully decorated birth & baptism
certificate from 1784, Pennsylvania. The daisy in the top
left hand corner is from a wooden ale bowl from 1828 made
by Norwegian settlers. The little flower in the bottom
right hand corner is taken from a bookmark by the Amish
artist Barbara Ebersol dating to 1869. The panel next to
this is another tulip design adapted from a painted candle
box now housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The
bottom left hand corner shows a delicate floral design
inspired by an embroidered show towel, which were popular
between 1820 and 1850.
The tapestry measures 12”
x 12½” (30cm x 31cm) and is worked on 10 gauge canvas.
It is available on either printed canvas or unprinted
canvas suitable for a pillow or cushion.
Newcastle Hall, Newcastle
Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 8QL
Tel: +44 (0)1588 640392
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