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The quality of English lace in the 17th century was affected by the type of linen thread available. English thread was softer and more irregular than Flemish, though it was praised for its whiteness. When Celia Fiennes, during her travels around England, visited Honiton in Devon in 1698 she wrote, 'here they make fine bone [bobbin] lace in imitation of the Antwerp and Flanders lace, and indeed I think its as fine, it only will not wash so fine which must be the fault in the threads.'

Jacket Place of origin: England, Britain (made) Date: (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Crewel work on cotton and linen twill ground; stem stitch with long, short and coral stitches and French knots Museum number:

The Elizabethan knitted jacket in the Burrell Collection

The Elizabethan knitted jacket :the Burrell Collection. made using very fine silk and gold thread

Jacket  Place of origin: England, Great Britain (made)  Date: 1600-25 (made)

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Jacket Place of origin:England, Great Britain (made)Artist/Maker:Unknown (production)Materials and Techniques:Linen, embroidered with silk and metal thread, and spangles

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Isis' Wardrobe: Informal jackets and waistcoats of the early century Waistcoat in pink taffeta embroidered with blue silk and spangles,

Back of an embroidered bodice, English about 1600. Linen with silk and gold-colored metallic thread and spangles embroidery.

Tapered back panel of an embroidered English bodice, c. Cream linen with silk and gold-colored metallic thread and spangles, polychromatic embroidery with naturalistic motifs.

Rare Examples of Extant 17th Century Clothing: The Margaret Layton Jacket, circa 1600-1620

Through the Keyhole: A Peek into a 17th Century Lady’s Wardrobe

The Layton Jacket Object: Jacket Place of origin: England, Great Britain (made) Date: (made) 1620 (altered) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Linen, embroidered with coloured silks, silver and silver-gilt thread, lined with silk

17th century embroidered jacket and painting. Victoria & Albert Museum, May 2003.This is the earliest known example of a textile shown in a painting where both the painting and the textile still exist. It slightly post-dates the Elizabethan period – the jacket was made in 1610 and altered in 1620. The sitter is Margaret Laton and the painting is attributed to Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger.

century embroidered jacket and painting ~ Victoria & Albert Museum, May 2003 (textile shown in a painting still exist, the jacket was made in the sitter is Margaret Laton and the painting is attributed to Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger)

Ivory silk embroidered with coloured silk thread, silver and silver-gilt thread and spangles, lined with silk shag    Another example embroidered on silk. The silk shag lining is also interesting.

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Jacket Place of origin: England, Britain (made) Date: (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Ivory silk embroidered with coloured silk thread, silver and silver-gilt thread and spangles, lined with silk shag Museum number:

Stuart Jacket   This jacket dates from between 1600 - 1625 and was made in England. It is made of linen and is embroidered with silk and metal thread. The pattern consists of mostly flowers such as honeysuckle, irises, red and white roses and lilies, but also contains butterflies, caterpillars and birds. This kind of jacket would likely be worn by a woman of the court, although it is of a more informal style.

Jacket Place of origin: England, Great Britain (made) Date: (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Linen, embroidered with silk and metal thread, and spangles Victoria & Albert museum

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