HNW - 15th/16th c. embroidery

Frank Thallas hardcorps at
Wed Mar 21 13:03:45 PST 2001

   I think we fixated on "Renn Faire" and Elizabethan......<G>
    You're right, though.  There seems to be a huge gap in the embroidery
world, from the time of cyclases up through about Henry VII, when there
doesn't seem to be much embroidery in use except in the church.  Why do we
think this is?  I can't even venture a good guess.


> The advice people are giving you about blackwork is excellent for Tudor
> Elizabethan period dress (16th C) but I'm not sure it's so good for the
>  I do mid to late 15th C. recreation and my experience has been that
> the occasional costume book pronouncing that "of course the nobles had
> lavishly embroidered clothing" you just don't see embroidery on 15th C
> garments.  The exceptions are some liturgical vestments, but no one but a
> clergyman would wear them and then not every day.
> If anyone has solid evidence for embroidered garments, especially for
> especially for 1460-1480 *please* share with the group.  I keep wishing I
> could justify embroidery on the piece that fills the front of the v-necked
> gown ....
> Stephanie/Alianora
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