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=== Background ===
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During the Elizabethan period, there are several styles of [[embroidery]] that became popular:
 
During the Elizabethan period, there are several styles of [[embroidery]] that became popular:
  
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* General free form [[embroidery]] was also produced.
 
* General free form [[embroidery]] was also produced.
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=== Materials Used ===
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* [[linen]] canvas ground, coloured [[silk]]s and siver-gilt [[thread]] ([[Oxburgh Hangings]]).
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* [[linen]] ground, coloured [[silk]]s,silver-gilt and silver threads, seed pearl and black beads
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* velvet and [[silk]] grounds also used, with coloured [[silk]]s and metal [[thread]]s.
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=== Stitches and Techniques ===
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* [[tent stitch]]
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* [[double running stitch]]
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* [[couching]]
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* [[detatched buttonhole]]
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=== Design ===
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Designs were inspired by a variety of sources in the [[Elizabethan]] period. These included [[modelbuchs]] or pattern books. There were published and aimed at  both the domestic and professional embroiderer. Needleworkers also used [[herbals]], [[emblem]] books and [[beastiary]] books to find patterns and designs.
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In general, the needlework of the [[Elizabethan]]s reflects their love for nature. Plants, flowers, birds, animals and inserts are all common motifs found in [[Elizabethan]] [[embroidery]] including that produced on clothing.
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=== Extant Pieces ===
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* Panels from [[Oxburgh Hangings]] (1570) Embroidered by Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury. (http://images.vam.ac.uk/ search for "Oxburgh")
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* Jane Bostocke Sampler (1598) (http://images.vam.ac.uk/ seach for "Bostocke")
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=== Links ===
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* See also the Elizabethan Geek Wiki's information on Elizabethan embroidery at http://elizabethangeek.com/wiki/index.cgi?ElizabethanEmbroidery
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=== Sources for Further Information ===
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* "Guide to English Embroidery", Her Majestys Stationery Office, 1970

Revision as of 15:05, 7 November 2003

Background

During the Elizabethan period, there are several styles of embroidery that became popular:

  • Blackwork continued to be used mainly on clothing, however, while the earlier, reversable form remained in use (on collars and cuffs), new forms began to be used. These included a informal, freeform often floral all-over work used on foreparts and sleeves.
  • Tent Stitch was used to produced a variety of household items, including table carpets, bed dressings and cushions. It was also used to make sweete bags. Tent stitch was also used to produce slips which were small motifs stitched on linen and then applied to more expensive fabris.

Materials Used

Stitches and Techniques

Design

Designs were inspired by a variety of sources in the Elizabethan period. These included modelbuchs or pattern books. There were published and aimed at both the domestic and professional embroiderer. Needleworkers also used herbals, emblem books and beastiary books to find patterns and designs.

In general, the needlework of the Elizabethans reflects their love for nature. Plants, flowers, birds, animals and inserts are all common motifs found in Elizabethan embroidery including that produced on clothing.

Extant Pieces

Links

Sources for Further Information

  • "Guide to English Embroidery", Her Majestys Stationery Office, 1970