The Symington collection, housed in Leicestershire, UK, is primarily a collection of corsets made by R W H Symington and Co Ltd from 1860 to 1990. It gives an amazing overview of styles, techniques and decoration used throughout these periods in this factory.
Particularly unusual and interesting is a large sampler made from scraps on which the company tested out flossing designs, the small embroidered motifs that hold the bones firmly in the corsets' boning channels. Here, for the first time, we're organising the delightful historic hodgepodge of ideas represented in that unique document into an organised library of flossing designs for modern corsetmakers to draw inspiration from and use in your own work.
To find out how to visit the flossing sampler and see the rest of the Symington Collection for yourself, check the Resources section at the bottom of this page. All images are © Leicestershire County Council Museum Services, Symington Collection, and are used with permission. Click any image to enlarge.
The flossing designs in the sampler are numbered, but the whole piece actually consists of various different numbered samplers sewn together. This piece begins again at 1 and gives twenty additional designs.
All images are © Leicestershire County Council Museum Services, Symington Collection, and are used with permission. Click any image to enlarge.