Friday, May 1, 2009

Elizabethan embroidery

In the Elizabethan embroidery, designs were inspired by a variety of sources. These included pattern books. There were published and aimed at both the domestic and professional embroiderer. Needle workers also used herbals, symbol books and bestiary books to find patterns and designs. The theme of 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. During the Elizabethan period, there are following styles of embroidery that became popular. First is Black work was used mainly on clothing, however in the beginning black work embroidery was used only on collars and cuffs but with the passage of time it extended to free form style (often floral) all-over work used on foreparts and sleeves. Second is Tent Stitch, This embroidery patter was used the variety of household items, including table carpets, bed dressings, bags and cushions. It was also used to produce slips which were small motif stitched on linen and then applied to more expensive fabrics.

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