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 Vandekar).
With lovely movement in the clouds and with good colour. No noticeable fading. Colours are as represented as accurately as possible.
British Folk Art School later first half 19th century.
In what I believe is the original maple frame, under glass.
Sight: 16" x 13.25” (41cm x 34cm)
Frame: 22” " x 19.25” (56cm x 49cm)
See our article on woolworks for a little more background