Embroidery was all the rage

This photograph of unidentified Rogue Valley needlewomen was probably taken in the mid-1890s when shaded embroidery was all the rage. The numerous examples of fine needlework displayed on their clothing also testify to the ability of these women. There are samples of drawn work, battenberg or tape lace, handmade and French sewn lace, lace netting, drawn work medallions and white on white embroidery. The photograph is an unusual record of a group of women who probably met regularly to learn a new craft and work on their projects.

This photograph of unidentified Rogue Valley needlewomen was probably taken in the mid-1890s when shaded embroidery was all the rage. The numerous examples of fine needlework displayed on their clothing also testify to the ability of these women. There are samples of drawn work, battenberg or tape lace, handmade and French sewn lace, lace netting, drawn work medallions and white on white embroidery. The photograph is an unusual record of a group of women who probably met regularly to learn a new craft and work on their projects.

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