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The skill of an accomplished needlewoman reveals itself in an embroidery with a smooth, even surface, free of all irregularities. As the Singl of Berlin work grew, different stitches were invented and added to the repertoire to give textural interest to the surface of the embroidery: Five stitches are generally employed for canvas work [Berlin work]: Tent stitch, Cross stitch, Gobelin or tapestry stitch, Irish stitch, and German stitch. All others Single berlin wool but modification of these. Sing,e names were used to identify these stitches, and the reader can be quite bewildered until a study of the stitch construction reveals its relation to one of the five basic stitches.
Beads of glass or cut steel were also utilized as accents or as a decorative fringe: Beadwork was particularly exacting work since the beads, which were purchased in bulk, had first to be sorted to ensure size and shape were uniform before they were attached to the canvas one by one. Beadwork was frequently used to trim lamp mats or fire screens where the light would give an additional lustre and sparkle to the needlework. Chairs, foot-stools and cushions were given Berlin work upholstery; each table had its cover, and shelves and mantelpieces were edged with ornamental lambrequins.
The man of the house could take his ease by the fireside wearing slippers and a smoking cap ornamented with Berlin work stitchery, his suspenders and cigar case, too, might have been created in Berlin work.
In addition to these items, countless other objects were created during the craze for Berlin work: In all, thousands of miles of yarn must have been used to convert many acres of plain canvas into the patterns so dear to the Victorian heart. In the last decades of the nineteenth century "Art Needlework" 12 with its sinuous line and muted colouration eclipsed the brightly coloured, grid-like patterns of Berlin work embroidery. For almost a century, however, Berlin work must have provided many Single berlin wool of creative enjoyment to women of every class throughout most of Europe and North America. The journals and letters written by Anne Langton during the early years of settlement of Peterborough, Upper Canada, give a lively account of the activities and hardships of pioneer life.
In her accounts of the many daily activities essential to survival, there are frequent references to sewing, particularly the remaking of dresses and bonnets along more fashionable lines. Extracts from her September entries read as follows: To sit at an embroidery frame is a contrast to my frame of dip candles You may generally imagine me in Private fuck belgium evening with my frame before me, as I am just now very straight with common making and mending.
My needle being thus at liberty has induced me to commence my great undertaking It is reasonable to assume that this was a Berlin work project. In early February of the next year, while describing the difficulties of making a satisfactory fire with green wood, and giving a recipe for "an excellent apple-tart" made of dried apples, Langton writes: I put the finishing stitch to the center-piece of my chair, namely the coat-of-arms. The newspapers of the time reflect in both editorial and advertising content the feeling of excitement at the renewal of mercantile activity after an enforced hibernation.
Importers and wholesalers advertised the arrival of their new goods, textiles of every description, including fringes, braids, threads and other trimmings, which formed a large part of these imports. Of particular interest to us is an advertisement of Houghton and May, importers and wholesalers, published in the Montreal Gazette on April 29, Included in a long list of "New and choice Goods" are fashionable fabrics, such as Spitalfield silks, French bareges, and "8 bales Berlin wool and 1 case Patterns. Display large image of Figure 5 17 Victorian Montreal had a number of shops that specialized in fancy goods, laces and "work table requisites," indeed the Mackay's Montreal Directory for has a separate heading in its index for Berlin wool stores.
In this are listed four shops including a Mrs. Footner and Daughter whose advertisement in that directory 15 lists in detail their assortment of "English, French and German Fancy Goods" starting with Berlin wool, Berlin Patterns and Berlin Bead work. Also listed in the Mackay index is Mrs. Walton's advertisement in the Lovell's City Directory of 16 states that her business was established inand the final mention of her store, relocated at 13 Beaver Hall Hill, is in the Directory. She must have been an astute business woman to have survived, and apparently prospered, over so many years, when so many other businesses failed.
That she knew her customers is obvious from an advertisement in the Montreal Gazette in early May of She has also received The most dramatic, and the piece that inspired this article, is a large framed picture dated Fig. This handsome needlework picture is a particularly fine piece of Berlin work, exhibiting the traits of its late, elaborate phase. The exotic bird, the full-blown roses in the floral wreath as well as the extensive use of plush stitch are typical of this late era. The work is entirely done in wool. The background is worked in cross-stitch with double yarn over four crossings of the canvas, the leaves of the elaborate garland are worked in tent stitch, and the flowers and fruit in plush stitch.
The magnificent bird of paradise is worked entirely in plush stitch, with French knots detailing the beak and claws. A glass bead forms the eye. The colour palette is rich and the shading subtle. Against the cream-coloured background, the wreath of leaves is worked in shades of olive green and bronze.
The lush roses are worked in shades of red, beroin and white; the cluster of berries poised over the bird's back is worked in red. Contrasting accents of blue and white form the gentian-like flowers in the wreath. The bird's magnificent tail is Sungle shades of cream Single berlin wool gold, its wings chestnut brown and its breast in shading tones of royal wokl. Information received with this donation recorded that she was a student at the Hochelaga Convent between and Subsequent investigation has provided more information. Catherine Street, between Amherst and Jacques Cartier Singe. Inwhen the large neoclassical convent Single berlin wool was erected Fig.
An undated prospectus ca ? A search of the records of the Philadelphia Exhibition of reveals that the Hochelaga Covent was "commended for great excellence in design and workmanship" for its exhibition of embroidered ecclesiastical vestments. Taken in Montreal by A. We have tangible evidence of her skill as a needlewoman, but the convent records 25 also show that she was accomplished enough to perform a piano duet at a concert. From her rather plain costume with its crinoline skirt, we may deduce that the portrait was taken in the late s 26 when she would have been about 12 years old. They settled in Longueuil, a historic community on the St. Counted stitch patterns on charted paper, similar to modern cross-stitch patterns, made it easier to execute the designs, because there was no need for translating the patterns into actual wool colours by the stitchers themselves.
They were published mostly as single sheets which made them affordable for the masses. Soon they were exported to Britain and the United States, where "Berlin work" became all the rage. Indeed, Berlin work became practically synonymous with canvas work. In Britain, Berlin work received a further boost through the Great Exhibition ofand by the advent of ladies' magazines such as The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine. The popularity of Berlin work was due largely to the fact that, for the first time in history, a fairly large number of women had leisure time to devote to needlework. Subjects to be embroidered were influenced by Victorian Romanticism and included floral designs, Victorian paintings, biblical or allegorical motifsand quotations such as "Home Sweet Home" or "Faith, Hope, Love".
In the late s, the demand for Berlin wool work decreased dramatically, largely because the tastes had changed, but Berlin work publishers failed to accommodate new tastes. Other, less opulent styles of embroidery became more popular, such as the art needlework advocated by William Morris and his Arts and Crafts movement. Today[ edit ] Original charted Berlin wool work patterns remain available in a number of books.