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Revision as of 04:17, 14 September 2007 by KarenLarsdatter (Revised discussion of slips, as the Oxburgh Hangings were worked in cross stitch, not tent stitch. Also added external link to Atlantian A&S site.)
Tent stitch was a popular and easy to work embroidery stitch used extensively for creating richly decorated furnishings.
There were two main techniques:
- The first was made using tent stitch, silk thread and linen ground. The pattern was drawn on the ground and it was then embroidered using coloured silk threads. The whole of the linen ground was covered in stitching. This technique was used extensively for furnishings such as table carpets, cushions and bed valances.
- The second technique was the making of slips; tent-stitched flowers and other figures that were cut from the linen ground and appliqued to another fabric, often velvet.
- How to do Tent Stitch - http://www.needlepoint.org/StitchOfTheMonth/98-02.htm
- Atlantian A&S Links: Canvaswork