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Framed embroidery

This is a framed embroidery, made with wool, depicting an early, unofficial Australian coat of arms. The coat of arms is composed of a blue shield of four quarters that encloses a burgundy cross with five small white crosses, one at its centre and the others on each arm of the cross. The first quarter of the shield displays ...

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Crazy patchwork quilt, 1890-95

This is a crazy patchwork quilt, measuring 202.5 cm x 268.0 cm, made by Rebecca King (1859-1915) in the late 19th century. The 'crazy' elements are immediately evident as the eye begins to take a journey across a spinning mosaic of different shapes and colours, which the artist created by sewing hundreds of small units ...

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Knitting sampler, 1876

This knitting sampler was made in the former Czechoslovakia in 1876. Stored on a roller, it is a long narrow strip of white cotton featuring 70 different patterns created using fine needles. Some of the patterns are very intricate. A maker's mark ('Knitted, 'FM 1876') is incorporated into the first panel. The sampler is ...

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'Making Do' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by artist Murray Walker. The panel consists of images and handwritten words on a pale blue and gold background. The Eureka flag, made from fabric, forms the centrepiece of the design. Across the top are small ink drawings of items including a house, a windmill and toys. There are photographic ...

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Hmong banner

This is a banner made by Hmong women from Laos consisting of an embroidered design on blue background, inside a border of blue, grey and white fabric. The embroidery depicts scenes of a farming community and shows men and women, sometimes with children, performing the tasks of sowing, reaping and processing various crops ...

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Banner depicting a Hmong migration story, c1985-92

This is a banner consisting of an embroidered design on a blue background, inside a border. The embroidery depicts the migration of the Hmong people from their homeland. It shows a village scene with one soldier about to set fire to the huts and others pointing guns at the Hmong. There are scenes depicting work and the ...

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Countermarch floor loom, 1945-50

This is a loom made from recycled timber. The loom is fitted together with wooden pegs and steel bolts, and is made up of many pieces, which allow it to be dismantled and reconstructed. Its dimensions are: 1.43 m (length) x 1.70 m (width) x 1.88 m (height).

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Latvian belt, c1970

This is a woven belt, using traditional Latvian patterns symbolising the morning star. The ornate design indicates it is part of a woman's costume. The dimensions of the belt are 268 cm x 5 cm.

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Quilt celebrating Women on Farms Gathering in West Gippsland, 1999

This quilt celebrates the tenth Women on Farms Gathering at Warragul, Victoria, in 1999 and was on display for the duration of the Gathering. It has thirteen quilted and embroidered panels that illustrate many elements of rural life and farming enterprises in the West Gippsland region: a timber forest (representing Powelltown ...

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Patchwork quilt by Amelia Brown, c1857

This is a rectangular patchwork quilt designed and made by Amelia Brown in about 1857, probably at Bowning, New South Wales. The quilt is made of cotton and features square, rectangular and triangular patches cut from plain and patterned cottons. The quilt, which is hand sewn, features a hand-quilting running stitch that ...

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'Emu beaker', 1917

This is a beaker made in 1917 from earthenware clay by Gladys Reynell (1881-1956), which measures 10.0 cm (height) x 8.7 cm (diameter). A very simple, tapered cylindrical form, it is primarily red-brown in colour. The shine that can be seen on the lip of the beaker indicates that the surface has been sealed (and therefore ...

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'FX Holden', 1977

This is an earthenware clay sculpture designed to resemble an early model Holden car. Made in 1977 by Margaret Dodd (1941-), the work measures 17.5 cm x 42.0 cm x 19.0 cm. The car has a compact, all-over rounded shape with a high, slightly curved roof, a rounded bonnet and pronounced mudguards. The body of the car is black ...

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Irish needlework sampler book, 1841

This is a book of 20 needlework samplers stitched by Letitia Brown in Kilrea Female School, Coleraine, Ireland, in 1841 when she was 9 years old. The pages are displayed in colour, and include embroidery, lacework and knitting. The dimensions of the book are 40 cm x 27 cm.

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'The sisters', 1954

This is a large ceramic sculpture made from earthenware clay, measuring 95.5 cm x 50.0 cm x 34.0 cm. Made in 1954 by Arthur Boyd (1920-99), the work consists of two standing figures that are hugging each other with long spindly arms. Both figures, which are joined at the midsection, have strangely distorted heads, exposed ...

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Shark vase, 1987

This is an earthenware clay sculptural vase, made in 1987 by Lorraine Jenyns (1945-). Measuring 36 cm x 23 cm x 20 cm, the vase is in the shape of a shark's head that is set on a flat base with the head pointing upwards. The shark's mouth is gaping wide open to reveal two rows of shiny white pointed teeth. One small button-like ...

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'Thaal the black eagle, Mal the red eagle', 1994

This is an earthenware clay pot made in 1994 by Thancoupie (1937-). Measuring 29 cm (height) x 32 cm (diameter), the pot is almost spherical with a small, irregular opening at the top. It is covered with bold decorative designs that have been carved into the surface as thick dark lines set against the off-white colour of ...

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Carcoar Court House sampler, 1851

This is a linen sampler embroidered in silk by a young girl, Mary Ann Gorringe, in Carcoar, New South Wales, in 1851. The sampler, a square with sides measuring 53.5 cm, has been worked on a tabby weave linen in green, fawn, light-brown and dark-brown silk thread. It features a cross-stitch border of stylised green and ...

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Sampler by Isabel Buist, 1839

This is a hand-embroidered needlework sampler made in 1839 by nine-year-old Isabel Buist in Tasmania (then known as Van Diemen's Land). The rectangular linen cloth is embroidered with cross-stitch in coloured cotton thread. Starting from the top, the sampler features two sets of the alphabet in grey and blue thread, the ...

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Mintons 'The seasons' tiles by John Moyr Smith, c1878-85

This is a group of eight earthenware tiles designed by John Moyr Smith in about 1878 and made by Mintons China Works, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, about 1885. The square tiles, each measuring 15.2 cm x 1.0 cm, are transfer-printed with a decoration in four colours (grey, pale yellow, brown and olive green) and ...

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Suzani wall hanging, Bukhara, c1800

This is an embroidered cotton and silk suzani wall hanging, measuring 234 cm (length) x 173 cm (width), made in the Bukhara region, Uzbekistan, in the early- to mid-1800s. Its primary design in reds and yellows set on an off-white background consists of a large, centrally placed rectangular field surrounded on all sides ...