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Pomegranate Square

Pomegranate Square

© Memorial Hall Museum, Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association

Ellen Miller's sketchbooks include a number of pomegranate studies. From these drawings she created a series of Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework compositions. This study in brown, plum and teal is one example. The table square is comprised of a harmonious arrangement of mirrored quadrants. A relatively sparse, offset square at the embroidery's center is pleasingly balanced by its corners which feature appliqued shapes of plum-colored fabric and a variety of subtle earth-toned stitches forming pomegranates. The design of this work, in addition to its use of natural materials and its hand-crafted production would have appealed to consumers in search of craft objects which resonated with the Arts and Crafts aesthetic and lived up to Arts and Crafts ideals.

c. 1908
Ellen Miller
H. 15" x W. 15"