Example 17th Century Beaded Baskets for Contest Inspiration

Web 1
Mid 17th Century Beadwork Basket, Lot 394 24 April 2013, Bonhams

Web 2
Beaded basket c. 1659, Victoria and Albert Museum (Acc No. T.69-1936)
Detail of Basket

Web 3
Beaded Basket King Charles II and Catherine of Braganza with allegories of the four continents, Metropolitian Musem of Art, (Acc No. 39.13.1)

Web 4
Gift Basket, Museum of Fine Arts, (Acc No. 43.531)

Web 5
Beaded Basket Family, Corning Museum of Glass, (Acc No. 53.2.4)
Detail of Basket 1
Detail of Basket 2
Detail of Basket 3

Web 6
Beaded Basket, c. 1656 by Anne Roundell, Royal Ontario Museum

Web 7
Satin and Wire Basket Embroideredwith Coloured Beads c. 1670, Lady Lever Art Gallery

Web 8
Beadwork Basket, Fitzwilliam Museum
Detail of Basket

Web 9
Basket, National Trust, Treasurer’s House, York

Web 10
A Beadwork Basket, Lot 3 2 Marc 2011, Bonhams

Web 11
Same basket as Web 12.T. after conservation, Whitney Antiques

Web 12
17th Century Beaded Embroidery, Lot 54, March 29, 2010, Brunk Auctions

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Images from Book “British Embroidery Curious Works From the Seventeenth Century” by Kathleen Epstein, Williamsburg Collection. Top basket G1954-234, Bottom Basket G1971-1642

Web 14
Oval Shaped Beaded Basket, Burrell Collection

Web 15
Square Net Worked Basket, Lot 3260, Sale 4981, Christies

Web 16
Small green and white beaded basket, Lot 3258, Sale 4981, Christies

Beaded Basket

Contest Instructions

Stitching/Finishing Kit
$27.00 Kit

Size: 4" x 6" x 1.5" high

This beaded basket is a slightly larger reproduction of a series of four baskets found in embroidered caskets. The originals, about 3" x 4" in size, show the same working pattern with minor differences for maker. Made from green and white beads, the originals show the same techniques as the structures of large 17th century beaded christening baskets. It is possible that these small baskets were intended as a small teaching project to prepare the students for making the larger, more embellished versions.

This basket is a wonderful and easy way to explore the idea of a christening basket without making such a large item. Using small Delica beads and techniques such as peyote stitch, small flowers, fruits, animals, etc. can be made to add to this structure. To this end, Thistle Threads is sponsoring a design contest to use this Needlework Nibble to design a basket of your own inspiration! See the competition PDF for complete details, awards and rules.

The Needlework Nibble contains the large oval forms, a spool of wire, and three types of beads. A portion of the proceeds will go to the grant to the Holburne Museum in Bath, England as part of their purchase of an exquisite 17th century basket. The instructions for the basket are below in pdf pages.

The kit for this Needlework Nibble is available in the Needlework Nibbles section of the Limited Edition & Museum Kits.

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