We’ve featured both our trapunto dresser covers and our trapunto quilt here, but there are still more examples of delicious white on white. Not the least of these is one we just bought last week, another dresser cover.
But this one is not stuffed work; rather it’s embroidered in a technique that includes satin stitch and a fuzzy, raised chenille work. We believe it’s all cotton, both the backing fabric and the embroidered parts, smooth and fuzzy.
The motifs on this piece are very similar to the ones on the stuffed work or trapunto pieces I’ve described before; a central basket of fruit, in this case flanked by oak leaves and acorns on the left and a grapevine on the right. Though I haven’t yet researched this piece, I believe it to date to around the same time as the others as well, most likely pre- civil war.
The close-up above shows the various uses of embroidery to represent the fruits, leaves and basket. Below is a view from the back, showing more of the details of the fine embroidery work.
Since I’ve not seen a dressing table cover like this before, I’m wondering if this one is even rarer than the stuffed work covers? Of course I’ll follow this up with any more information I may find.