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Victorian Embroidery Perforated Punched Paper Motto 1800s Adirondack Leaf Wood Frame

Regular price $285.00
This is a beautifully preserved piece of Victorian embroidery done in the perforated punch paper style and highlighted by the 1800s Adirondack leaf wood frame. The motto, "Think of Me," is worked in a colonial blue, green, and cream, with ornate flourishes and matted with a grey brown cardboard. Superbly Victorian, the motto is difficult to find. More commonly, we can find, "Forget Me Not," "Home Sweet Home," and "Look to Jesus." This one is more elusive for the collector.

The frame is equally wonderful. A carved Adirondack wood frame with leaf finials, this style sets the embroidery off perfectly.

Photo #2 shows two small areas where the thread is missing.

Outside frame measures 26 1/2" x 14" x 1"

Embroidered piece measures 14" x 6"

Please keep in mind colors may show differently on monitors.


In the 1800's, a method of needlework called Berlin work became the rage. It enjoyed such popularity because, until that time, needlework had always been "counted" as in cross stitch. This "Berlin work" was the first printed pattern needlework. Its ease of stitching became a popular pastime.

Where Berlin patterns were imposed on linen, Victorian motto patterns were printed on heavy punched cardboard and became known more commonly as perforated "card work." Because the paper was more affordable than linen, this made the needlework a luxury that all women could now afford. Victorian era mottos were born out of this style, and patterns could be found in the popular woman's magazines of the day, such as Harper's Bazaar, Godey's, Leslie's and Peterson's.

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Materials: Punched Paper Embroidery,Cotton Embroidery Floss,Blue Thread,Green Thread,Cream Thread,Gray Matting,Grey Matting,Wood Frame,Adirondack Frame,Wire Hanger

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