gawthorpe textiles collection


This week at work I was reviewing a box of 19th century petticoats and came across one with a particularly lovely broderie anglais design on. It really jumped out at me, maybe it could be because the eight pointed star has a bit of a Scandinavian feel to it and I wish I were still in Bergen!

I was very kindly able to take some photos (and even more kindly allowed to share them on here) so I am going to try and get a pattern drawn up for this design. I’ll just be using the star motif, not the buttonholed border, so if it works out I might have a go at making a bonnet with this as the crown.

In case you’re interested here’s a little info about the original petticoat; it is made of fine cotton, slightly heavier than lawn and the hem is decorated with inch deep horizontal tucks and hand worked broderie anglais. It has the name Ada E. Goud, presumably the original owner, written in Indian ink on the inside of the waistband as well as the date 1877.

I’m really excited to have a go at recreating such a lovely design!