HNW - Elizabethan Embroidery...

Georgeson Publishing Limited gpl at
Wed May 10 17:40:48 PDT 2000

For Stitches used in coloured silk embroidery in the Elizabethan period may I humbly suggest you peruse our four Elizabethan books.

The latest book may have some ideas also for any forthcoming (Elizabethan style) Christmas decorations. 

The books are available from a wide number of web sites.

Two mail order and web sites that spring to mind are Ruth Kern's and Lydia Read of Wyndham Needleworks. There are many others and most needlework shops should have them according to our distributors!!


Tony Georgeson

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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Frank A Thallas Jr 
  To: H-Needlework at 
  Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2000 9:37 AM
  Subject: Re: HNW - Elizabethan Embroidery...

      A great place to start for an overall view would be Drea's Elizabethan Costuming page -
      Lots of good info there, other links, etc.
          Just in general - fabrics would be wools, linens, silks, depending on status and what
  you could afford....
      Embroidery - blackwork in full flower on body linens, household linens, etc; cutwork in
  its early stages; various sorts of canvas work (a lot of tent-stitched "carpets" and other
  items), some crewelwork and the like, so you have a wide variety to choose from there.  
  A few books with cool pictures -
    "Tudor and Stuart Fabrics" by Cyril G.E. Bunt (Dolphin Press, London, 1961)
      "Elizabethan Embroidery" by George Wingfield Digby (Faber & Faber, London, 1963)
      "English Domestic Embroidery" by Therle Hughes (Abbey Fine Arts, London)
      "The Victoria and Albert Museum's Textile Collection - Embroidery in Britain 1200-
  1750" by Donald King and Santina Levy (Canopy books, NY, 1993)

      I'm sure others on the list have other favorites as well...


    Hello the list...
    Oh ladies and gents of the list, I most himbly request help in finding sources of Elizabethan embroidery and designs....I am getting involved in a somewhere in time group here in washington state and although I can make bodices to my hearts contentment, I really know notheing about  what stitches they used,nor what kinds of fabrics they made their Garb from and for what seasons the fabrics were used and as well as social status their clothes showed what class they were from...Help!!!
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