This picture is of a Jacobean Crewel panel in the tree of life design, a small detail of the panel showing a bird. I have tried to imitate such crewel work using embroidery floss rather than Persian wool like this panel uses. Similiar panels are featured in Isabelle de Charriere's 1782 novel Letters From Mistress Henley. Crewel work like this was popular throughout the 17th and 18th centuries in England, particularly for bed hangings and furniture.
Jacobean Flower on Skirt (Got too big for it, so now framed!)
Jacobean Flower on Skirt II (ditto)
Jacobean Flower on Grey Skirt
Jacobean Flower on T-shirt (coffee spotted)
Flowers in Vase on Pink T-shirt
Circular Pattern on T-shirt (one French knot a casualty of the washing machine)
Reflections of the Past's CREWEL WOOLWORK HANGING, (EARLY 18TH C.) They describe this panel as: "A rare Early 18th Century hanging (probably a bed curtain) of crewel work on linen. Tree of life design with colorful leaves, flowers, strawberries in shades of green, blue, yellow and red. A variety of designs. Wonderful embroidery, but background linen is in poor condition, both patched and darned. Still would look great hanging on a wall. $375.00" (http://www.victoriana.com/antiques/needle/sampler.html; downloaded 9 July 1997)
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