UF265 White Homespun Linen Embroidered Coverlet
91 x 96 inches, plus 3-1/8" embroidered edging and 2" crochet netting on one side, and 8-1/2" rounding 2 corners
This home spun linen coverlet is an extraordinarily rare piece. To find one such coverlet in this condition is amazing! There are three strips of homespun linen measuring 30” selvedge to selvedge stitched together to create the size needed. The width of each piece was dictated by the width of the loom used to weave the linen fabric. The embroidery work has been executed in cotton thread on linen and is very sophisticated in nature and incredibly time consuming. A woman's mark of excellence was her "hand work". A wonderful cover for any double or queen size bed in summer or over a comforter in winter. I know to date the finished creation to 1860 because the top edge has been turned over and stitched down by machine. The linen may have been woven at an earlier date. The finishing detail seems strange to me because of all the intricate embroidery and hand made fringe....or did another woman embroider a much earlier piece as indicated by the cotton embroidery thread and not the use of linen embroidery thread.