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I’m sharing an old but very pretty embroidery design for the flower, Lily of the Valley. It’s suggested to use silk floss and to embroider it on a baby shirt or blanket, but it would also be pretty on a table topper or blouse.
The birth flower of May (little early on this one). In the Victorian language of flowers, lily of the valley meant “return of happiness.” It also symbolizes purity and sweetness.
When this was printed in the Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine, silk flosses had a beautiful high sheen that enhanced any project. You can still find some antique silk floss to buy on the internet. Many of the embroidery threads today are made of a silk rayon rather than 100% silk, making them more affordable but still giving a pretty sheen to your embroidery work compared to cotton floss.
From the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s there was an era of embroidery called “Silk Art” or “Society Silk” embroidery. This style of embroidery, much like needlepainting, was done mainly as florals on linen using fine silks. Donna Cardwell has written a book, Silk Art Embroidery: A Woman’s History of Ornament and Empowerment, that contains an interesting history as-well-as information on technique. A great source if you collect Victorian era hand embroidered linens.
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Find similar embroidery patterns to this one in my ebook of designs from 1859 Ladies Peterson’s Magazines. You can find the information on it here.
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