Hibiscus <slip</>
Hibiscus <slip</>
Hibiscus <slip</>
Hibiscus <slip</>

c 1600 Stuart Period

A very nice example which would make a suitable present for an embroiderer or gardener.

A slip is an embroidered motif, often a plant or flower with foliage.  They acquired their name from gardeners' slips or cuttings. To propagate a plant the gardener takes a stem cutting the base with a diagonal heel, then potting up the cutting to form a new plant. These embroidered motifs were popular on bedhangings from the mid sixteenth to the mid seventeenth centuries. smaller motifs were used on boxes and mirror frames.


Two hibiscus flowers, a bud and two leaves on a stem, a slanted base, all in rust, pink, dark and lighter green and blue wools worked in tent stitch, on dark green wool, outlined and couched with yellow wool, black wool backing.

5 1/2 x 4 1/2 in; 14 x 12 cm


Very good. The colours have probably faded a little, but they are still good and strong.


Read my ARTICLE on Slips

The Victoria & Albert Museums's Textile Collection. Embroidery in Britain 1200-1750  p 54 & 55 for similar slips.

Price: on request

Ref N°: 8494

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