HNW - Hardanger Embroidery
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Mon May 3 08:18:36 PDT 1999
<From the response I got it would appear that Hardanger is not
period,although it has roots in cutwork, cutwork it not what I'm interested
Are you more attracted to the idea of geometric patterns and countwork,
but * not* cross stitch? If so, you might really enjoy the German 14th-15th
century counted satin stitch/brick stitch work researched and written
about by Master Richard Wymarc (Timothy J. Mitchell) and Joyce Miller.
Master Richard wrote a Compleat Anachronist on the subject. His work and
Joyce Miller's can be found on a website from the Medieval Embroidery
Homepage -- there are links into it.
The work may be the ancestor of bargello/Florentine work. The stitches are
worked with what we might think of as counted satin stitch --it's countwork
and it's geometric, but you entirely cover the surface of the foundation
fabric, making a sort of brocade. Each stitch covers from 2 to 6 vertical
threads, in steps of 1 or 2. The webpages show lovely color photos of some
of the original pieces in museums -- you should go see it just for the fun
of seeing Neat Stuff!
SCA: Kathryn Goodwyn
'too many centuries...too little time"
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