[HNW] Greetings and about Opus Anglicanum

Deborah Fox richenda4760 at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 3 08:57:00 PDT 2003

Christie's book on Opus Anglicanum discusses stitches;  if I remember
correctly cross stitch was used sparingly, usually when doing small heraldic
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> In a message dated 10/2/03 11:19:47 AM, dreamer81465 at yahoo.com writes:
> << I have stopped putting the chain stitch in my work and I just use the
> reverse couching stitch and the split stitch.) >>
> Can you be more specific about "reverse couching stitch?" Are you
> to underside couching?
> I'm not sure exactly what kind of information you're looking for regarding
> Opus Anglicanum. Do you need information regarding the types of stitches
> the designs, the time period in which it was most prominent? I can direct
> to a number of books that have photos of Opus Angilcanium if that's what
> need. The Staniland book, "Medieval Craftsmen: Embroiderers" is still in
> and very useful.
> As far as the types of stitches used, my research has shown that chain
> stitches were sometimes used in the designs, along with split, satin,
stem, and
> couching--specifically underside couching, which is the hallmark of Opus
> Anglicanum. There are written references to cross and plait stitch as
well, although I
> have never seen examples of them myself. There is also some evidence of
> beadwork (pearling, mostly) in some examples of OA. I've been fortunate in
that I've
> seen a number of examples of Opus Anglicanum in museums in London, France,
> and Italy, some of which have not been published in any books that I've
> I don't know what online resources you have, but a few of the more
> examples of OA include the Syon Cope, the Bologna Cope, the Ascoli Piceno
> and the Pienza Cope, all of which are shown in the Staniland book.
> Regards,
> Mistress Gabrielle
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