Ian Rumsey Australian Textiles Collection
The Ian Rumsey Australian Textiles Collection comprises a representative range of 19th and 20th century Australian embroidery and needlework, including doyleys, milk jug covers, tablecloths, placemats, towels, banners, aprons, samplers, runners and cushion covers, collected by Ian Rumsey over two decades. Mr Rumsey, a private collector, was drawn to embroidery and needlework for its extensive use of Australian flora and fauna and other native motifs, collecting only well-preserved examples, many of which came via the late Nerylla Taunton, an antiques dealer. This collection is made up of two large donations from Mr Rumsey from 1991 and 2010.
Embroidery and crochet are the two main techniques demonstrated through the collection. Embroidery is the decoration of fabric or other materials with designs stitched in strands of thread or yarn using a needle, although other materials such as metal strips, beads and sequins may also be used. The embroidery pieces in this collection are mainly worked on linen using a combination of back, running, stem, straight, satin, fly, buttonhole, blanket, chain, cross stitch and French knots.
Some material included in this collection may be subject to copyright
Parts of this collection are digitised and available on the Powerhouse Museum website.
Crocheting; Domestic needlework; Embroidery; Lacemaking