[HNW] Jacobean crewel work stitch guide

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Thu Jun 3 20:12:39 PDT 2010

A number of my embroidery and needlework books are boxed
but I seem to remember lots of books on this period. A quick search  
turned up these:
The Anchor Book of Crewelwork Embroidery Stitches

Embroidery 1600-1700: At the Burrell Collection

English Embroideries--16th & 17th C. (Ashmolean Handbooks)

I would think that you could start out with a search on Jacobean  
embroidery or Jacobean needlework
and with a book in hand work your way then through the bibliography.
It's not as popular as it once was, but there are still books out there.
You may have to use more than one book to get exactly what you want,  
unless you find that
you want to reproduce one known item and can find all the details  
about that one piece.


On Jun 3, 2010, at 6:29 PM, Velvet Claw wrote:

> Hi,
> Back again, but this time it's a question for myself.
> I want to do a Jacobean crewel project eventually.
> I don't know a lot of surface embroidery stitches, except for the  
> Elizabethan ones. The Jacobeans used a much bigger range, and  
> different stitches in their crewel work.
> I look at the black and white diagrams, and not a clue comes to my  
> mind as to what stitches to use. I'll look at lots of extant  
> examples, of course, but I was wondering if there was a good book  
> out there that had historic Jacobean patterns that also described  
> the stitches to use as well as patterns. Part of the problem with  
> looking at extant examples is that I need close ups to tell which  
> stitches were used, then flipping through a stitch guide to match  
> the stitch.
> best regards,
> and thankyou for all the help you've given my friend Constance with  
> the Bayeaux Tapestry,
> Megan/Elmsley Rose

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