[HNW] designs printed directly on material

Liz H. imcozit at verizon.net
Wed May 11 13:28:00 PDT 2011


I'm fairly sure I've come across a reference to or picture of a cloth printed pattern in the 1600s before.  Not common, but some printers were experimenting with selling it, promoting that one didn't have to  transfer the pattern from paper.

I *know* there are slightly later examples in a museum in Williamsburg, as I've seen one or two a couple  times (one was partially worked, and you can see the  printing clearly as being printed, not drawn).

-Liz 

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>On May 10, 2011, at 9:40 AM, Susan B. Farmer wrote:
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>> Here's a review of that new needlwork book.
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>> http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2011/04/uw-professors-book-looks-at-womens-needlework-from-new-perspective.html
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>> I've looked at the library copy, and I will probably get one.  This is *NOT* a picture book, or a how-to book.  Think "Dressing Renaissance Florence."  But it looks to be a wonderful resource.
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>From the review: "...needlework patterns printed directly on cloth..."
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>I wonder if this has been correctly interpreted by the reviewer. There were certainly needlework designs that were *painted* directly onto canvas for canvaswork, but I've been under the impression that such things would be custom work and also not "printed" as such. I definitely don't get the impression that cloth with designs already on it would have been a common item for sale, or as instrumental in spreading needlework patterns as the pattern books were (since the reviewer mentions them in the same breath, it kind of has that implication). Will be interesting to see what the book says. First one to read it, please report back! ;)
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>(I wonder whether someone had in mind the ubiquitous pre-printed kitchen towels and pillowcases of the 1960s-70s? I think there are a lot of people who -- due to not knowing any textile history -- still more or less unconciously treat the 1960s-70s style of surface embroidery as a sort of archetype for what the concept of "embroidery" really means -- cheap thread, pastel colors, wide variety of stitches in the same piece, naturalistic images, etc.)
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