[HNW] Re: H-needlework digest, Vol 1 #485 - 10 msgs

Carol Hewett chewett at phillips.exeter.edu
Tue Sep 24 11:13:20 PDT 2002

Have a look at the...errr, 15th-16th century, I believe, Swiss and South
german "whitework" (I believe also referred to as opus tutanicum--and I
know I've spelled that wrong) hangings.  There are sevear examples in
Schuette.  Basically, natural white linen background, with desings
outlined in stem stitch and filled in with a variety of stitche (offhand,
I think I can remember stem, chain, and several varieties of herringbone-
-many of the stitches I could figure out how they're worked but have yet
to see them in a needlework book. Mostly white linen thread, with some
brown/tan, and pastel pinks and blues--but if your're concerned about
dirt you could probably work in slightly darker colors without going too
far off.  Most of the existing examples are religious picutres, but I'm
planning to take a secular story from a manuscruipt and do that instead.
Looks to be a farily fast-working style.

Anyone who can point me at books with more details, please do--I haven't
had much luck researching!


> [ Picked text/plain from multipari am hoping somebody here will
> have an idea;-) i would like to embroider so=
> me wall hangings for the inside of my merchant booth, to hang in
> front of t=
> he area we use for a kitchen, to hide all the mess and mundanities
> there. i=
> am looking for something along the lines of crewelwork hangings,
> but most =
> of those examples are post 1600.[and i want pre 1600] or only seem
> to be us=
> ed around beds, not on walls. the other style i'm finding is like
> the oxbur=
> gh hangings, where the motifs are in tent stitch on linen cut out
> and appli=
> ed to velvet. however, again, they seem to be for beds [but do you
> know whe=
> re there is a picture of the whole panels of these? all i can find
> are the =
> individual motifs, not the designs in between them or how they are
> arranged= on the ground fabric] i have the book about the hardwick
> hall textiles and=
> know about the appliqued hangings. something like that would also
> work, th=
> ough i don't care for the subjects used at hardwick and would
> prefer someth=
> ing that looks more like the period tapestries. i have also thought
> of just=
> adapting a period tapestry design and doing it in crewelwork. What
> do you =
> all think?
> mairi, atenveldt

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