Saturday, July 14, 2012

Historical Embroidery Patterns: Plates 18 - 19

More fillings taken from a piece of work executed in the late 17th century.

  • I Is one of the diverse methods of treating the large tree stems in a design. Within the fan-like outlines traced down on the linen is a solid filling of satin stitches, varying row by row from pale fawn at the foot to dark chestnut brown round the top, the direction of the stitches is shewn in the drawing.
  • II Here we have a fancy lattice of three strands of laid wool couched with small French knots at the intersecting points, the outline is in stem stitch and fanciful back stitches are used as fillings.
  • III Has first rows of long single threads thrown across, caught down with stars and groups of satin stitching crossed.
  • IV A light treatment for stems, the filling, shells in buttonhole stitches, with second outline in darning.
  • V One of the examples of the introduction of lace stitches that is to be noted in work of the late 17th century, the alternate blocks are in basket stitch, the others in double cross stitch in contrasting colors.
  • VI Quaint example of couched work.

A collection of particularly beautiful fillings seen in a Georgian copy of a very old example.
  • I Has double rows of outline stitch, framing spaces filled with stars in back stitch, the center being solid in shading stitch.
  • II Outline of rope stitch and cross trellis of the same. Stars of back stitch couched down with contrasting wools.
  • III Part of a beautiful stem, outline of chain bars of button stitch in double wool and spots in loop stitch.
  • IV The two small petals filled solid with stem stitch, three rows of which are used for outlining the long petal, the center being filled with rings in buttonhole stitch and darned background.
  • V Is carried out in satin and stem stitch, with back stitch bars couched with contrasting wool.

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