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Acanthus Leaf Bag

Acanthus Leaf Bag

© Memorial Hall Museum, Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association

The first colonial embroidery patterns preserved by Ellen Miller and Margaret Whiting were those stitched by the 18th-century needle worker Lucy Lane on a set of bed curtains and counterpane (bed spread), were then exhibited and are still owned by Deerfield's museum, Memorial Hall. Among Lane's distinctive motifs was an acanthus leaf design which makes frequent appearance in Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework's later pieces. An interpretation of Lane's acanthus leaf, bearing a similarly dancing edge and energized line is featured on this Blue and White Society's soft drawstring bag pictured here.

c. 1900
Deerfield Society of Blue & White Needlework
H. 8" x W. 5