These 17th century Jacobean crewel bed hangings show A bounty of flora and fauna

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This item from the EGA Permanent Collection consists of four crewel-embroidered bed hangings. Acquired by EGA in 1987, these panels were created in 17th century England. Each is about 87 inches tall and 40 inches wide and feature a variety of flora and fauna stitched in wool on twill fabric. Even after a few centuries, the brightly colored wool is still vibrant.

The four panels are filled with striking flora and fauna, including birds, horses, grapes and pomegranates.

Though it is not known for whom these pieces were created, it is believed they were created by professionals due to their size and design.
Jacobean Iron-on Transfer Patterns [Dover Publications, 1978] was written by EGA design consultant Linda Ormesson in 1978 and features many designs, all adapted from these hangings. The book also features a wonderful overview of the Jacobean style. It is no longer in print but is available from the EGA Lending Library and copies can also be found on the internet.

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