JUSTICE circa 1630


This small tent stitched picture probably began its life as a bookbinding. It depicts the allegorical figure of Justice with her scales, in an idealized landscape. Tent stitch worked in silk or wool threads on linen canvas, was probably the most common embroidery technique used in the early seventeenth century. It resulted in a durable, long-wearing object, was easy to execute, and fine enough to produce delicately shaded designs that resembled the rarer and more expensive woven tapestries.

Origin and date: England, circa 1630
Rated: Intermediate
Linen count and finished size: 35 count, 5"x8-1/2"
Stitches: Petit point (tent stitch over one thread of linen)
Source: Private collection

Kit with cotton floss: $50.00
Kit with silk floss: $108.00
Graph only: $15.00