HNW - Other embroidered text

Megan McHugh mmchugh at
Wed Sep 8 18:13:22 PDT 1999

I'd like to see it, please.
- -----Original Message-----
From: Kim Salazar <kbsalazar at>
To: H-Needlework at Ansteorra.ORG <H-Needlework at Ansteorra.ORG>
Date: Wednesday, September 08, 1999 6:16 PM
Subject: HNW - Other embroidered text

>I offer this up a dimly remembered example of a page of dense text in
>stitching, and ask if anyone else has seen this particular illustration.
>In my notes I had a photocopy of a late period (late 1500s/early 1600s)
>counted thread work.  It was a page of Hebrew text.  The text covered the
>cloth almost completely, and was bordered by a narrow geometric Greek Key
>style interlace also in counted work.  A very simple needle lace picot
>edging finished the work.  It looked to have been executed in cross stitch
>(perhaps long-armed cross stitch) on linen, but the picture was quite small
>and difficult to make out in photocopy.  I believe the Hebrew was text from
>a Haggadah, the prayerbook for the Passover seder.
>Someone gave this single sheet to me years ago for my "collection" -
>without any citation of which book it was from. (Perhaps it came from
>Duchess Melisande, but my memory fades...)  In any case, I've mislaid it
>and would love to replace it, with full annotation.  If you know of this
>page, I'd greatly appreciate any leads you can offer.
>And if anyone is interested, I graphed out and stitched the Hebrew letters
>from that work on my own sampler and would happily share a scan of my
>work.  Please eMail me if you'd like the scan.  (Caveat:  Some of the
>final-letter forms I redid, but I don't remember which ones they were).
>Kim Salazar
>kbsalazar at
>ianthe at
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