The Restoration Pillowe
The Restoration Pillowe kit is replicated from a 17th Century piece that celebrates the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, which placed Charles II on the restored throne. The original pillowe is one of three in our collection of antique crewel work and all three are featured in our book ‘A Collection of Crewel Work’.
This generous and extravagant ‘Tree of Life’ design is a reflection of the new styles that prevailed in the third quarter of the 17th Century in England. The availability of beautiful wools, dyes and linen, the influence of foreign trade, and the desire for and the wealth to buy exquisite embroideries all combined to create the perfect era for crewel work.
You may recognise part of this design as our ‘Lady Anne’s Flowers’ kit.
Design size: 15.5 x 17.5 inches, 39.5 x 44.5 cm
Linen size: 21 x 23.5 inches, 55 x 60 cm
Stitches: Long and Short ‘as soft shading’, Lazy Daisy, Satin, Raised Satin, Crewel Stem, Closed Fly, Seeding and two variations of French Knots.