Berlin Work Charts

Embroidered Berlin work sampler, wool on linen, The Netherlands, 19th century. Embroidered Berlin work sampler, wool on linen, The Netherlands, 19th century. TRC 2017.4287
Published in Berlin Work Charts

6. The uses of Berlin work

Berlin charts were used for embroidery that would cover a wide range of objects, including soft furnishings (chair seats and backs), cushions, curtains, footstools, fire-screens, ‘paintings’, as well as items of clothing and accessories such as bags, belts, book covers, caps, purses, slippers, tobacco pouches (and nappy baskets, see the illustration), just about anything that could be covered.

Berlin work design for a slipper. Published by Sijthoff, Leiden, The Netherlands (1860s - 1870s; TRC 2018.1596). For more information, click on the illustration.Berlin work design for a slipper. Published by Sijthoff, Leiden, The Netherlands (1860s - 1870s; TRC 2018.1596). For more information, click on the illustration.

RijksmuseumNappy basket decorated with Berlin wool work, mid-19th century (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam). For more information, click on the illustration for the Rijksmuseum online catalogue.