Saturday, July 14, 2012

Historical Embroidery Patterns: Plates 23 - 27

A portion of the terra firma of the curtain may be found in the original article, the first illustration. The strawberries and clear parts of the ground are worked in French knots. The plants are very useful in breaking up the solid masses of dark color, and the stag serves to introduce into the base of the work the coloring of the acorns above (on plates 1 and 2). As a rule this base of a design repeats all the colorings used throughout.

Above is an example of a bird introduced into the late 17th century work. It is executed in simple feather stitch for the tail feathers and satin stitch very evenly shaded. The dark centres of the short feathers are in crimson, the rest in shades of buff, the breast feathers also worked in satin stitch are in putty colour, legs and beak are brown and the crest in crimson.

A quaint early example of a parrot, head in knot stitch, breast feathers block stitch, and wings in shaded single feather stitching. The butterfly and grub are found in all early examples.

A group of animals usually disporting on the terra-firma at base of large designs. Worked always in long and short stitch.

A squirrel in rich brown color, with cream chest worked in shading stitch, tail in overcasting for the center and furry part in single feather stitch with stem stitch outline.

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