HNW - Hardanger Embroidery

pat fee lcatherinemc at
Mon May 3 14:28:11 PDT 1999

    I have a question.  What was the most "popular" or widely done 
enbroidery of the 16th century?  The area of interest is Western Europe, or 
the period equlivent of such.

>From: Mike Newell <72123.411 at>
>Reply-To: H-Needlework at Ansteorra.ORG
>To: "INTERNET:H-Needlework at Ansteorra.ORG" <H-Needlework at Ansteorra.ORG>
>Subject: RE: HNW - Hardanger Embroidery
>Date: Mon, 3 May 1999 15:07:29 -0400
>Dear M:
>< She is an accomplished crossticher and has is working on a Blackwork
>project.  A question came up when we were siting arround embroidering.  She
>asked why she couldn't use adia cloth for her project, we had been
>disscussing linen, evenweave,ect.My imeadieat answer was "because its not
>period".  She answered why, and show me where.>
>The objection many of us have to Aida is that it is agressively woven witih
>blocks, and I have not yet seen surviving material that looks like this. I
>use Aida as a substitute for linen canvas when I want to totally cover the
>surface so the Aida doesn't show. When you do samplers the background
>fabric does indeed show. I would also point out that for some techniques
>aida doesnt' work well -- I would not suggegst it at all for long-armed
>cross stitch because it's hard to do compensating stitches. (this has been
>my experience, anyway)
>Many of us here on the List have viewed surviving needlework from the 16th
>century onwards; some of us in person in museums, or in photos in books on
>historical embroidery. The linen used by most stitchers in the past was
>finely woven-- often 40 to 60 threads per inch. These were not woven in
>obvious square blocks, the way Aida is.
>SCA:  Kathryn Goodwyn
>"too many centuries...too little time"
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