Embroiderers Guild Victoria Collection
The Collection began soon after the Guild was formed with a donation of an Ayrshire Christening Gown. Today the collection has over 1700 pieces, fully catalogued (on museum sheets and electronically) and photographed. The Collection aims to be representative of all types of embroidery -this means English, European, Ethnic and Australian. However, the Collection is primarily concerned with the conservation rather than the restoration of embroideries.
In general, embroideries are donated with very few being purchased. We encourage people donating embroideries to check with family members before donating the embroideries to the guild.
We are happy to look at embroideries on the first Wednesday of the month from 10.30am to 2 pm, and provide advice on appropriate cleaning, storage and general conservation of pieces. An appointment must be made with the Guild.
We are not able to provide valuations for embroidered pieces.
Items in the Collection are regularly on display in the Guild and taken to country branches. Pieces are also available for major exhibitions in the Guild, and for reference and study by teachers and students. Members of the Collection group are available to give presentations about embroidery to other organizations.
In addition to the main collection, the Guild also has collections of Lace and Historical Tools, which are listed separately on the EGV website.
Examples of Crewelwork
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Grey/fawn linen panel. Tree of Life design of leaves, pomegranates and flowers worked in bright colours. Long and short and filling stitches. Mounted under glass, in a dark wood frame.
Fawn cotton gabardine basket with design of clouds and raindrops and butterflies on curved lid. Tree and rabbit on front. Tree and rabbit on back. Lid finished with twisted cord and dorset button.
Mid 20th century
Made in Australia
Panel with a design taken from a mid 18th Century Bed Hanging found in the American collection of the Metropolitan Museum or Art. Typical crewel design in shades of blue on cream linen. Mounted on blue fabric covered board.
Mid 20th Century
Curtain of natural linen twill. Three bands of crewel (wool) embroidery, each in slightly differing designs of birds and leaves. Wools in a variety of greens, yellows, browns and blue. 1900-20 Australia
Natural linen Cushion piped in cream. Design is floral, in pinks, blues and greens.
Picture of hydrangea flower heads and leaves. Long and short stitch, stem stitch and French knots in soft pinks, blues and green.
Bedcover (3 images)
Linen Bedcover, beige with floral crewel embroidery. Floral spot motifs, with blue leaf pattern border.
Late 19th century
This is a typical Royal School of Needlework Jacobean Crewel Sampler showing different stitches and techniques in shades of pink, gold, yellow, green and blue/green crewel wool on linen twill.
Examples of Hardanger Embroidery
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Fine natural linen panel with an intricate design worked in natural thread. The design is reminiscent of Hardanger and could possibly be a reproduction of an early form.
Collar with classical Hardanger design on Hardanger fabric.
Early 20th century.
567 Blouse - Ladies
Cream linen blouse with high collar and full yolk, long sleeves and back opening. Two wide tucks down the front and pin tucking on the front and back. Yolk, high collar and cuffs embroidered in Hardanger embroidery.
568 Blouse (Ladies)
Cream linen blouse with an upstanding collar, long sleeves and back opening, with wide tucks front and back. Collar, front panel and cuffs are decorated in Hardanger embroidery.
620 Table Mat
White cotton table mat with a 6 cm border worked in a simple Hardanger style.
Mat on a grey-green evenweave double threaded cotton fabric, with classical Hardanger in matching thread.
841 Child's costume with several pieces:
A. Skirt: Black cotton with 2 green braid bands
B. Apron: White machine embroidery not Norwegian
C. Jacket: Red bolero (wool) edged in woven braid
D. Belt: Red wool, beaded in stars design
E. Vest: Red wool, black velvet edge, beaded with stars
F. Hat: Red wool, black velvet edge, and beaded in the traditional style of the Hardanger area.
Late 20th century
White cotton Hardanger fabric with a Hardanger design at each end in white perle cotton. Of interest are the patches of drawn fabric work, combined with the Hardanger. The edge is hemstitched.
Square needlecase in cream linen. Hardanger design in centre in fine ecru thread. The needlecase is closed with a needle woven button.
Hardanger mat stitched in white cotton perle on very pale green evenweave linen, using kloster blocks, buttonhole edge, picots, eyelets and satin stitch motifs.
Late 20th century.
Square Hardanger mat on white cotton/linen evenweave fabric with traditional blocks including dove's eyes, woven bars and woven Maltese crosses. Crocheted edge.
A piece of embroidery, designed by the donor, using traditional Hardanger designs. Worked on beige linen. Traditional edge.
Examples of Assisi Embroidery
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Assisi work - natural evenweave linen with double running in black round the design then filled in with blue cross stitch, leaving the design 'voided'.
Mid 20th Century
1071 Tea cosy
Evenweave cream linen, pattern in Holbein (double running) stitch. Bird design voided and cross stitch, double hem stitch.
Cream linen sachet with design of rabbits. Blue cross stitch and hemstitching and black
backstitch, with the traditional 3 tassels in each corner. 2000
Panel depicting a vase of flowers in a technique resembling Assisi work (with back ground
embroidered and pattern voided). The piece is on evenweave fabric embroidered with two strands of stranded cotton - 1 brown, 1 orange.
1469 Table cloth and napkins
Cloth and napkins (6) in cream evenweave linen. Cloth has a traditional Assisi pattern of birds in blue and black. Hem stitched edge and traditional triple tassels on the corners.
Mid 20th Century
Square mat on ecru linen, embroidered in Assisi style, with a square centre and wide border of animals. Orange cross stitch outlined in black.
Examples of Blackwork Embroidery
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On fine white linen, the design of flowers and butterflies and leaves are worked in blue thread with some lurex also used. A variety of traditional blackwork patterns.
Cream evenweave linen with a number of patterns in borders and squares. Border of a diamond design.
Mid 20th Century
Cream evenweave linen with rows and groups of blackwork designs. The lower groups of stitches are highlighted with gold.
Mid 20th Century
Square glass paperweight with a traditional piece of blackwork set in base, embroidery is on
evenweave linen using a single strand of stranded cotton.
1428 Panel (Blackwork)
The piece is worked on white lugano in dark blue thread (one stitch in red). The design is a
modern abstract using a variety of stitches.
1512 Chess Board
64 squares, 32 embroidered, each with a different pattern. Framed in a gold frame, with inscription "To celebrate the 50th Anniversary from the Blackwork Guidance Group".
Three Lavender sachets in white evenweave linen, stitched in blackwork designs in cotton thread embellished with black seed beads and narrow black satin ribbons.
Two are backed with black wool fabric.
The third is beaded, with black synthetic textured satin fabric and edged with a cord.
Late 20th C
Cream evenweave linen mat with 8cm hemstitched edge and 64 outlined squares set out as a chessboard. Alternate squares are filled with the same blackwork geometric design. Narrow border.
Late 20th Century
1547 A & B Samplers
White linen stitched in a variety of stitches in blackwork. Edges are fringed.
Chicken-shaped pincushion (Henny Penny) Blackwork designs on white linen, stitched in Perle 12 and cotton sewing thread. Black and gold beads and tiny gold sequins.
Early 20th C
1692 Bag and Needlework Accessories
Linen bag, stitched in a single strand of pink cotton in traditional Blackwork designs. 4 pockets on outside of bag, fine cord with tassels to close bag. Accessories -needlebook, pincushion, scissor keeper, pincushion, and scissors.
Examples of Schwalm Embroidery
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1380 Needlework roll
Beige linen needle roll decorated with Schwalm embroidery in a floral design and a heart. It is lined with a floral fabric.
White linen mat with hemstitched .25 cm hem with mitred corner. Cream cotton thread in traditional Schwalm design with central large heart, 2 birds and 3 flowers.
Late 20th C
1563 Work bag
Deep pink linen bag with drawstring of handmade cord finished with tassels. Monogram 'L' on the back of bag, inside an oval of embroidery. Edged all around in scalloped buttonhole stitch.
Late 20th/early 21st Century