HNW - Stumpwork

Connie Carroll Connie.Bunny at
Mon Sep 28 21:38:08 PDT 1998


I'm pretty sure that the ones I saw were period. I plan on going back 
to the EGA library in a couple of weeks to look at the books they 

Looking at the Piecework issue: it shows a mid-seventeenth century 
piece  and a circa 1525 piece, but they are not clear on exactly what 
the articles are. It only sats "linen foundation" and"stumpwork 
orphrey" I don't know what the latter is.I'm going to feel really 
dumb if it's something simple.


> >Looking at the two books I mentioned before, this technique would
> >work for caskets or padded boxes. Both were favorites for
> >stumpwork.
> >
> >Kassandra
> Bunny, are either of those medieval?  The only illustrations I've
> been able to find of boxes/frames (that kind of thing) are from the
> 1700's.  If I *could* use this kind of stitchery for boxes, that
> would be GREAT.
> >You've never heard of the perfectly period technique of
> >"decommissioning" church pieces and using them for secular
> >purposes?  Very popular among Vikings and Tudor English... Kayta
> Appropos of this, I'd like to ask an opinion from all of you. The
> original purpose of all this research was to find something
> different and unusual to do for the auction my Barony has every
> Winter Court. (We have an auction to help pay for the winter fighter
> practice site, and always wind up making more than we need, which is
> nice) As I mentioned before, one of the pieces I found was a
> Nativity scene.  Since this will be auctioned at Winter Court (being
> held on 12/19) it would be appropriate for the "season," but I
> hesitate, for two reasons.  First, there is the SCA policy about
> religion. Yes, I know this only refers to things like espousing
> religions or requiring some kind of religious practice, but still, I
> hesitate. _Some_ SCA people can be awfully prickly about that sort
> of thing. Second, I know there are a goodly number of SCA folk who
> are not Christian.  I'd be offering the piece in the spirit of an
> artwork, but would really like to avoid offending anyone.
> What do you all think?  I would turn out lovely (if I have *my* way
> <g>), but would it be all right?
> Fiondel
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