Berlin Work

An image of fabric that has been crinkled. On it, the center is beige with geometric flowers and leaves in blue, yellow, red, and green. it has black borders on either side and some orange and green on it.
Berlin work from the Eldon House collection

Country of Origin: Germany
Year: c. 1890-1900. 
Materials: Wool velvet and canvas 

Berlin wool work is a style of embroidery similar to today’s needlepoint. It was typically executed with wool yarn on canvas. It was traditionally stitched in many colours and hues, producing intricate three-dimensional looks by careful shading. This kind of work created very durable and long-lived pieces of embroidery that could be used as furniture covers, cushions, bags, or even on clothing.