Thursday, January 29, 2015

The 17th Century Stumpwork Box Comes Alive Again UPDATED

Stitched in 1671 by Martha Edlin, Courtesy of the V&A

Fans of 17th Century stumpwork boxes and caskets will be delighted to see Rachael Kinnison's little reproduction stumpwork trinket box done in authentic style.   After all, most of what the museums show online look like the above.  Rachael's photos and video show what these treasures looked like when they were first made during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

By the way, the photo above is from the Victoria and Albert Museum and shows Martha Edlin's casket, stitched in 1671.  This historical piece is in good shape but it is a pale imitation of itself now. Seeing Rachael's reproduction, even though it's on a smaller box, reveals just how stunning these were when first made.

UPDATE:  Here is a video of Janet Brandt's more modern casket, full of stories and personal imagery.

UPDATE #2:  Janet's casket went to Boston for folks to admire.  There's a second video of it in the second link below where Janet explains the stories that are shown on the casket.

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