HNW - Hardanger Embroidery

Mike Newell 72123.411 at
Mon May 3 08:18:36 PDT 1999

Dear Pearl:

<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!

- --Kathryn
SCA:  Kathryn Goodwyn
'too many centuries...too little time"
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