Flower Patch 5

Flower Patch 05

Early 19th century cotton print, a hexagon in Christmas colors.

Time for a short post before Christmas! Here is a patch in Christmas red and green, with a little black accent. Once again it has the peculiar (to my eyes anyway) mouse-squiggle-alien creature-seed pod-flower design. Buti? Boteh? “Shawl pattern”? Indian import or English version? I don’t know. But I do know these patterns on calico show up a lot in the first decade or so of the 19th century. If you search for Ackermann’s Repository, the plates with fabric swatches attached, you’ll see them in many dress prints.

Flower Patch 05 Back

Here’s the view from the back, which clearly shows the closely “seamed” stitches and a bit of copybook writing.

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