A good and large
sailor's woolwork or 'woolie' of a three masted frigate, sailing on a deep blue flat sea under moody skies and a church flying a flag in the background, with a smaller vessel in the
foreground. Can anybody help me identify this flag? Could it be somewhere in Scandinavia?
This woolwork is
worked on linen in coarse twisted wools, interestingly mainly in small chain stitch, a far more time consuming stitch to sew than the traditional long stitch. Detailed rigging.
My research has
revealed that chain stitch is known to have been used in earlier woolies from the 1830's. The long stitch was preferred after 1840 as less wool was used. (ref
movement in the clouds and with good colour. No noticeable fading. Colours are as represented as accurately as possible.
Art School later first half 19th century.
In what I believe is the original maple frame, under
Sight: 16" x 13.25” (41cm x
Frame: 22” " x 19.25” (56cm x 49cm)
See our article
on woolworks for a little more background