Saturday, July 14, 2012

Historic Embroidery Patterns: Plates 1-2a

This pattern was sketched from a very old strip of Tudor work, measuring about 5ft. 8in. in length and 1ft. 8in. in width. Each leaf was about 22in. long and 19in. across. The strip had evidently been part of a bed valance, and, as far as one could tell—for it was much faded—had been worked in two shades of wool only—dark indigo blue and bright green; the latter had faded, almost everywhere, to a soft mignonette color.


Originally this group leaves were worked in blue. The pattern was taken from some old cushions at Knole Park, Sevenoaks.

No. 1. Stem stitch contour: Maidenhair in buttonhole stitch. Star in buttonhole stitch on background of small crosses.
No. 2. Stem stitch.
No. 3. Stem stitch contours. Centre in loop stitch.
No. 4. Stem stitch contours. Centre loop stitch and maidenhair in buttonhole stitch.
No. 5. Stem stitch.


This group of the lighter details that break up the heavy masses in the earliest and latest examples. The medlar-like fruit is worked in Crewel stitch in bands of brown, stem lighter in shade.

The leaves:
Example I & II, satin stitch with stem stitch outline both sides, centre veinings in stem stitch, turnover in leaf, II, in block stitch.
III Buttonhole edging with darned centre, centre filled with strands of wool caught down at intervals with double back stitch.
IV Flowers in soft blues in satin stitch, acorns have their cups worked in French knots.

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