Heraldic Embroidery

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Heraldic embroidery has existed as long as heraldry has been used as a form of personal identification. Heraldic motifs can be worked in just about any stitching technique used in the pre-1600 period.

Materials Used

  • wool thread on linen ground using Couching Work
  • silk thread on linen or silk ground Tent Stitch, Brick Stitch, Split Stitch
  • Gold Work on linen, silk or other grounds

Extant Pieces

To search for V and A pieces use this website - http://images.vam.ac.uk/ and type in holding number (eg T.120-1932)

  • Cushion Cover (c.1540) - V and A - T.120-1932 - Silk thread in Tent Stitch
  • Calthorpe Purse (c. 1540) - V and A - T.246-1927 - linen in silk in Tent Stitch
  • Tent Stitch Slip (1590-1600) - V and A - T.46-1972 - linen in silk in Tent Stitch
  • Pillow Cover (1592) - V and A - T.262-1968 - linen in silk and silver gilt thread
  • In National Museum of Denmark - http://www.mv.helsinki.fi/home/sojonen/netmus.html
  • The Malterer Hanging - wool on linen, contains the arms of the Malterer Family.
  • Mamluk Heraldic Badge - Egypt, North Africa, Mamluk period, late 14th century

Linen, silk embroidery, slanted counted filling stitch, stem stitch Ashmolean Museum, inv.no.1984.86 - http://www.cloudband.com/frames.mhtml/magazine/articles2q01/exh_barnes_embroidery_0501.html