Exquisite Threads: English Embroidery 1600s–1900s From the NGV Collection

Exquisite Threads will display nearly sixty works through the themes of education, fashion and the home each representing important aspects of embroidery’s role within English life.

Art Exhibition previously on at NGV International in Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 02 April 2015 to Sunday 12 July 2015

Exquisite Threads: English Embroidery 1600s–1900s
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Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Thursday 25 September 2014.
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For centuries, the making of samplers and embroidered pictures with moral and biblical themes was an important part of a young lady’s education. Fashionable dress and accessories in England relied greatly on needlework and the exhibition features a fine early seventeenth-century coif, an eighteenth-century silk apron replete with botanical imagery, and a sample of embroidery designed by Norman Hartnell for a ballgown worn by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, during her Coronation tour of the Commonwealth. Outstanding works created for the home are seventeenth and eighteenth-century crewel work bed curtains, a silk and gold work embroidered Coverlet c.1700, and Arts and Crafts embroideries made by William Morris and Co. in the late nineteenth century.