Hollie point is a delicate needle lace technique that was used as decoration and often became insertions on christening dresses, baby clothing and caps. In this fabulous example, Elizebeth most likely secured the outlining threads to a pattern before reinforcing them with tightly formed button hole stitches. She then used a finer cotton thread to create the delicate patterns within the outline of each flower, leaf and stem. Elizebeth's proficiency was evident in her ability to create the signature and date area. This piece is from the collection of Betty Ring.
Size (W x H): 5 3/8 x 6 1/2 inches in frame
Stitches: Hollie point
An Elizabeth Kirby was born in 1719 in Shillington, Bedfordshire, England, the daughter of John Kirby and Mary Horton. Records indicate she married Thomas Tarman (1710, Little Horwood, Buckinghamshire) and their son William was born 1747 (died 1821).
(This sampler was added to the site on February 15, 2013)