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Winter Solstice Embroidery – Elizabethan Style

December 31, 2012

What an illuminating way to spend two of the shortest days of the year.  In December a group of students, Penny Peters and I looked at close up pictures of embroidery and beads on caskets, clothing, bed hangings and book bindings.  We stitched using Crewel Stitches, Needle Lace, Elizabethan Plaited Braid Stitch and a collection of others.   Stories brought to life this exciting historical renaissance.  I told stories about dressing for a banquet – showing  the multitude of  unique clothing items worn by a lady and about the many courses of rich foods that were served.  I have a feel for houses of this time period as our family and I lived in a wing of Leith Hall in Scotland in the seventies.  Leith Hall is a National Trust house that was built in approximately 1645.  Although there was no sumptuous embroidery around in the seventies in this house, it was here that I began to develop my passion for contemporary embroidery and of historical embroidery of the 16th and 17th centuries. Enjoy the photos I’ve taken over the years.    Gail

The first embroidered casket shown is on white satin with silk shaded stitches.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Barbara Fox permalink
    December 31, 2012 11:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing pictures of this beautiful Elizabethan embroidery. Gorgeous color and richness…

  2. Penny Peters permalink
    January 1, 2013 6:09 am

    I look forward to this class whenever we offer it. The Elizabethan Braid Stitch is a challenge, but so beautiful! Penny

  3. Lexa Shaw permalink
    January 4, 2013 3:37 am

    Lovely photos. They bring back memories of the whirlwind tour.

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