Posted by Tilde on October 30, 1997 at 03:03:51:
Some time ago, the question of what kind of needlework was done in the Regency came up.
I have now spent 3 days in bed, reading Mansfield Park, and there are actually several direct informations.
Lady Bertram makes "fringes" and "carpet-work". Fringes can be anything used to edge something else, and is not necessarily only what we consider to be fringes today. Tambouring (which IS the "crocheting on tulle" I thought was called tatting)is mentioned as is "embroidery". Tatting on the other hand, is something in the middle between lace-making, crocheting and "free-air-embroidery" (i.e. without any fabric), done with several strands of thread and using shuttles to "bind" it together.
In Fanny's East Room/the school-room in MP is a foot-stool embroidered by one of the miss Bertrams, but its quality is so bad, that it has been relegated to the school-room/east-room, in order for it not to be seen by visitors.
The primary object, then, of embroidery made by the rich and the daughters of the rich, was to show off. Everything boring would have been done by underlings, servants or companions like Fanny Price.
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