Large Leafy Border

This large leafy border was originally intended as an embroidery design. But, I think it works much better for paper crafts. It was included in a large book entitled¬†Mrs. Hale’s Receipts for the Million Containing Four Thousand Five Hundred and Forty-five Receipts, Facts, Directions, etc. in the Useful, Ornamental, and Domestic Arts that was published in 1857. There were only two nice illustrations in the book, this one and ferns and flowers, another large border image.

large leafy border

The shape of the leaves in this vintage border image remind me of the top of a quill pen. A pair of leaves are joined at the center by a small jeweled connector with a floral design. Since this was intended as an embroidery image, there are only a few details outside of the outline which means it will easily take color via an image editor or any inks, pens or crayons you might like to use with it.

This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.