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Berlin Wool Flowers

Making artificial flowers in Berlin wool was a fashionable pursuit in mid-nineteenth century Europe and North America.

The shape of the petals and leaves was made of bent wire or canvas mesh and then worked in Berlin wool in the plant’s natural colours. Individual flowers and leaves were used to decorate table mats and similar items. Sprays of flowers were often put into ornamental vases.

It was also popular during the early twentieth century among the Straits Chinese.

Source: MORRIS, Barbara (1962). Victorian Embroidery, London: Herbert Jenkins, Ltd., p. 159.

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