Arrowhead Embroidery

An image of a yellow fabric with various colours embroidered making arrow shapes.
Arrowhead bell pull piece from the Eldon House collection

Country of Origin: Canada
Year: ca. 1870-1890
Materials: Linen backing with wool 

An immense length of this embroidery pattern was produced by various Harris Women at Eldon House.  It was applied as borders to other household textiles such as carpets or drapery. It was a common pastime for women in the Victorian Era to work on embroidery. Textile work was taught to young girls and could be practically applied sewing or decorating garments or pieces for the home. It was also a marker of good education, and women were encouraged to spend their time working on textiles to keep busy.