17th Century, English

Text from CMOG display:
“Glass beads began to be incorporated into English needlework in the 17th Century. Sometimes called seed beads they were threaded on wire and embroidered onto silk. The beaded wire was used to create elaborate baskets featuring fruit, flowers, foliage………As needlework grew in popularity, it shifted away from strictly religious motifs….Upper and upper-middle class woman began to create highly intricate work at home that often reflected personal taste or family associations.”