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Anonymous Embroiderer of 1933

December 31, 2011

This precious little embroidery book created  in 1933 by Rosemary Frank turned up one day with a student, Deborah Zibrik who  purchased it at a shop.  It is with her permission that I have photographed the book.   It has 24 pages.  Each embroidery is framed within the book and there is a hand written page describing how to make the stitches next to the samples.  It feels to me like such a personal view of the embroiderer.   You can’t help but wonder where Rosemary lived, what she did, was the embroidery used in tablecloths, pillow cases, garments?  Anybody who does embroidery understands the time it takes to create the stitches but also the enjoyment that can be had by doing so.  Many years separate the time that this book was created and today.  The reasons that people stitch has almost totally changed as has our way of living but still there is a common bond between people of each generation who create with a needle..    Gail

Front Cover for Embroidery Book

Inside front cover of embroidery book

The Berry Stitch #21 is featured on the page bottom.

closeup of Berry Stitch

Hand written description and diagram of Berry Stitch

Top of page #26 Bullion Rose or Wheat Stitch:

closeup of Bullion Rose or Wheat Stitch

hand written Bullion Rose or Wheat Stitch description

Interior back cover of Rosemary Frank's embroidered book.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sydney permalink
    December 31, 2011 3:09 pm

    A picture into this woman’s life, and leaving me wanting to know so much more. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Carol Burrows permalink
    December 31, 2011 5:17 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing parts of this little book. My most moving time in a visit to Ireland was spent in a museum. On display was a book of needlework samplers created by a women in the 1700s. It made such a connection between those who find great joy in needlework. It was as if she reached across the years and shared what she had completed.

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