Society Silk

I learned a new phrase yesterday: Society Silk. Popular in the late 19th and early 20th century, this was a realistic style of embroidering botanicals, using single-strand silk thread. It reminds me very much of Chinese silk painting, which was popular at the time.

I’ve been looking more into needle arts–not because I want to quilt–but because I want to use quilting skills in some of my artwork. One of the blogs I’ve started following linked the astonishing work of Kelly Cline, who takes Society Silk pieces and quilts them into masterworks.


Most often done on doilies and hankies, Society Silk pieces are small and lovely. I think I’ll be keeping an eye out for them from now on.

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