HNW - Re: Traditional Icelandic Embroidery
EowynA at aol.com
Fri Jan 5 12:58:47 PST 2001
In a message dated 1/5/01 11:42:04 AM, SNSpies at aol.com writes:
<< Could someone who owns or has see this book please describe what is in it?
What time periods does it cover? What techniques? Is it worth $50? Thanks.
This 96 p. hardbound, half-size book has color photos of extant embroideries
and pattern books. Section 1, History and Techniques, has the following
- Extant embroideries <1 p. >,
- Embroidery Designs (with color photo s of two pages of a 17th c. pattern
book, and color photo of two pages of an 18th c. pattern book. ) <4pp>,
- Materials and Techniques <1 p. intro>,
- Laid and Couched Work (2 color photos of 16th c. altar frontals, and 1
page lesson with close up of small section and "how-to" for
- Straight Darning and Pattern Darning ( color phots of a 17th c. valance,
17th. c. altar frontal, late medieval altar frontal, ca. 1500 altar frontal,
and two other undated pieces; 1 page "lessons" on Glitsaumur and Skakkaglit
- Long -armed Cross Stitch, Eye Stitch, and Florentine Stitch ( color photos
of various pieces from 17th c. altar frontals to 19th c. mittens, plus 1 p.
lessons on Gamli krosssaumurinn; Augnaumur, and Pellsaumur )<10pp>
- Darned Net and Drawn Thread Work (photos of a 15th c. piece, and 1 each
from ca. 1700, 1683, 1733; 1 p. lesson on sprang [lacis]), 5pp>
- Floral embroidery (pieces more modern, lesson on Blomstursaumur Skattering)
- Misc. Work (Closeup of an Elizabethan looking figure in early 16th c. altar
frontal, , and more 16th. c. stuff as well as more modern) <8pp>
The second section is Needleworkers and Needlework Centers <10 pp>
Then Bibliography and then the last section is black and white cross stitch
I paid $45 for my copy at the San Diego museum of ethnic studies (forget
which one it actually is named, in Balboa Park) a couple years ago. It seems
steep for such a slim volume, but the information does not appear anywhere
else that I've seen.
Melinda Sherbring, Los Angeles
(Eowyn Amberdrake, Caid)
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