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Just a little historical embroidery picspam

This example from a set of vestments dated ad 915 is worked with gold thread and colored silks in stem stitch, split stitch and surface couching.

This late 14th century needlework known as Opus Anglicanum represents the finest of medieval English embroidery, in both the secular and ecclesiastic worlds. The skilled workmanship, heavy use of metallic and colored silk threads, and extraordinary attention to detail that define that period are represented here.

Look at this gorgeous mid 16th century example of goldwork. From earliest times, gold thread has been a popular form of decorating items with embroidery. It is an obvious way to display wealth and to garner prestige in the community. As such, many great examples of Goldwork were given to the Church in the form of various types of vestments.

baby bonnet
Linen and cutwork baby’s bonnet from Southern Netherlands, 1550-1600.

Italian handkerchief
I have a particular love for cutwork, and this linen Handkerchief made in Italy in about 1600 is a lovely example of a combination of cutwork, needle lace and embroidery.

voided work
Voided work refers to a type of embroidery where the pattern is created by leaving the design unstitched and stitching the background in one colour. This example dates from the 16th century.

Liturgical gloves were traditionally made of silk knit and embellished with gold metallic embroidery. Worn by Roman Catholic bishops and cardinals during pontifical masses, i.e., those celebrated by the bishop, their color corresponds to the color of vestments worn during the course of the liturgical year. This example, which dates from the 17th century, is in fine condition and its green color signifies that the gloves were worn during Ordinary Time, the thirty-three to thirty-four weeks that do not fall within the Christmas or Easter seasons.

cutwork handkerchief
And, lastly I find this late 19th century French handkerchief lovely, and the addition of a small amount of cutwork particularly charms me.

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Date: 2010-05-04 01:31 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for this. Such amazing work! The baby's bonnet especially. Wow.

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Date: 2010-09-03 12:43 am (UTC)
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gorgeous. I'm always happy to look at embroidery pic-spam. I just moved over from That Other Place.

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Date: 2010-09-03 02:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] florentinescot
over 20,000 new accounts in 2 days because That Place has made an option (that you can NOT opt out of that allows folks to crosspost anything and everything to FB and/or Twitter.

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Date: 2010-09-03 03:50 pm (UTC)
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nods. I've noticed that.


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