[HNW] In defense of Staniland

Alexandria Doyle garbaholic at gmail.com
Tue Mar 11 09:51:18 PDT 2008

All that you say of the content is true, I do not dispute that.  I
think the point that perhaps you missed was that the discuss was about
technique and late Elizabethan/Stuart embroidery.  If that is your
focus, then this book is not one I'd recommend as a PURCHASE, but one
to READ AND RETURN to the library.

The value of the book really depends on if that is your focus.  Not
everyone wants to know the whys and wherefores and how did we get to
this point.


On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 11:27 AM,  <Allison263 at aol.com> wrote:
> Greetings,
>  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.
>  Cheers,
>  Gabrielle
> >

"I'm buying this fabric/book now in case I have an emergency...you
know, having to suddenly make presents for everyone, sickness,flood,
injury, mosquito infestations, not enough silk in the house, it's
Friday..." ;)

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