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‘Twixt Art & Nature – Book Winner!

by Mary Corbet
Today, I’m happy to announce the winner of the book, ‘Twixt Art and Nature: English Embroidery from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1580 – 1700 from last week’s give-away. The give-away was generously offered by Hedgehog Handworks – they still have a small number of this out-of-print-but-highly-cove...

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A BEADWORK PICTURE ENGLISH, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY Depicting a seated lady holding a bowl of fruit and a flower, possibly representing two of the five senses, taste and smell, worked with a silk raisedwork face and hair, in a setting with spot motifs of trees, insects, a lion, a stag and a house 11½ x 16 in. (29 x 41 cm.) overall Framed and glazed

Tray form a bead-work basket. English, mid 17th Century.

In Maidstone late 17th c beadwork

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17th century Beadwork at The Burrell Collection

17th century embroidered book cover with sequins. Embroidered book cover with sequins. The Holy Bible (London, 1642) Collection: The British Library

  • Nina Rosenblatt

    i wish I could see this up you think it might be woven?

  • Megan Hodges

    I got a closer view by clicking, which went to Flickr, and then choosing "Original Size" I don't think it's woven, no. It looks to me like buttonhole stitch, with some other stitch on the vertical of the crosses....

  • Nina Rosenblatt

    so beautiful, I've never seen anything like that in buttonhole stitch. I absolutely love it. I never knew you could do that in handy!

  • Megan Hodges

    So you agree it's buttonhole? Do you know what the vertical stitch is? I got to this lady's blog, and thanked her for such great graphic cleanup - the images are *so* much clearer than the original images at the Brit Library. I've also put the link on FB Hist Emb group :-)

  • Nina Rosenblatt

    could be a double even its outrageous! or a ladder stitch or something like that...I have a really hard time making out the detail. the vertical bars sometimes look like they are the same stitch and sometimes look like v's almost like fly stitch or maybe vandyke which is similar to ladder but the center line doesn't look that complex. I really love this. I think its such a beautiful texture.

Basket with date 1662. The Art Institute of Chicago. 17th century English beaded basket.

17th century beaded basket The Burrel collection

17th century Greek Bed Panel from Sarajo

The colors are so rich....I like the stitches, too