Friday, November 8, 2013

Silk Comparisons for the Reproduction Embroidererr

Right now reproduction embroiderers in the United States are most interested in 17th Century (think Queen Elizabeth I) embroidery, mostly due to the influence of Tricia Nguyen whose class on stumpwork caskets and now stumpwork mirrors and her work reproducing older styles of threads have been very influential.  However, in my experience European stitchers are more interested in the Medieval period.  I thought everyone would enjoy reading Isis's article on which type of silk is most like what Medieval embroiderers used.  I think at that period the silks they stitched with would have originated in China.  Can you imagine the journey those silks would have made to end up in a great European house?

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