[HNW] In defense of Staniland

Allison263 at aol.com Allison263 at aol.com
Tue Mar 11 08:27:55 PDT 2008


Yes, it's true that Staniland doesn't focus on late period embroidery 
specifically. But I think you're missing the point of what she DOES do---which is 
offer an excellent and indepth history of the craft and profession of embroidery. 
It's not supposed to be a book about technique or specific extant examples.

Staniland is significant because it is one of the few books about the 
profession and its place in European society, which makes it a must-have for any 
serious historical embroiderer. I think it is important to understand the earlier 
development of embroidery as a profession and as a part of the social 
aesthetic of medieval Europe, because it allows for a better understanding of how 
later period embroidery evolved the way it did, how materials and patterns 
changed, and how and why certain techniques rose and fell in popularity. Staniland 
tells the backstory of embroidery, which is always valuable.


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