Cushion Cover (England), ca. 1900
This is a Cushion cover. It was embroidered by May Morris. It is dated ca. 1900 and we acquired it in 1975. Its medium is silk on linen and its technique is embroidery on plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.
In her book Decorative Needlework, May Morris recommended several key qualities to distill from nature into embroidery designs. These included contrast, varied repetition, symmetry, and radial balance, all displayed in this cushion design. She writes, “When the design that is being worked is, as is usual, some treatment of flowers and other natural growths, the stitches also radiate outward from a common centre.” Utilizing Morris’s preferred chain stitch throughout, the floral shapes are flattened appropriately to suit their medium
This object was
Mrs. Curtice Hitchcock.
It is credited
Gift of Mrs. Curtice Hitchcock.
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Its dimensions are
H x W: 58.4 x 54.9 cm (23 x 21 5/8 in.)
Cite this object as
Cushion Cover (England), ca. 1900; Embroidered by May Morris (British, 1862–1938); silk on linen; H x W: 58.4 x 54.9 cm (23 x 21 5/8 in.); Gift of Mrs. Curtice Hitchcock; 1975-19-1