Thursday, December 17, 2009

1925 Russian Textile Exhibit

Today I have my hands on an Original copy of
U.R.S.S. Broideries Russes, Tartares, Armeniennes
edited by Ernst Henri
a folio of colored plates showing 
The exhibits of the pavilion of 
the USSR at the International Exhibition of modern decorative arts and crafts. 
Paris, France 1925
the style known as Art Deco is said to have gotten its name from this exhibition.
The Russian Textile exhibits were works of the Common People 
and these 1925 Art works do reflect this

My copy is missing plate 17. which is why I love the Internet

the NYPL (New York Public Library) Digital Gallery has scanned the entire book  
and put the book online only the NYPL is missing plate 16 (which I have posted here)
a link to the NYPL Copy of this folio

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Worth alphabet

Worth alphabet
Originally uploaded by Dunesong
This is a page from my copy of Madame Worths Kensington manual
this same page with a different page number is found
in the Ladies' Fancywork Manual edited by Jenny June

I'm blogging this just to help my flickr friends find my blog

1886 Embroidery patterns

  Today I came across  some nice embroidery designs while reading Ladie's fancy work
edited by Jenny June (aka Jane Cunningham Croly)  & copyrighted 1886 by A. L. Burt 
  a  public domain  Pdf  ebook found in google books'+fancy+work&ei=PC0kS_EVgqaQBI_Z8MAL&cd=3#v=onepage&q=&f=false

The first thing  I noticed that it contains almost all the needlework pages from a madam worth needlework manual that I have that was also copyrighted by A. L. Burt
but it also looks like it contains just the  needlework sections from other  Magazines that  Jenny June edited
if you are interested in antique  Victorian  needlework  - Crochet, Tatting, Knitting, Embroidery, Sewing etc.
this is a good resource book.  
today I extracted just the more interesting outline embroidery designs from the book.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

1913 01 hmn cvr

1913 01 hmn cvr
1913 01 hmn cvr,
originally uploaded by Embroiderist.

this 1912-1913 home needlework cover shows a Gobelin embroidery design
similar to one published by Belding Brothers silk company  in a circa 1900 revised Needle & Hook book
this is a Horizontal darning stitch type of embroidery and not
what is known  as a Goeblin embroidery today.
Modern Goeblin embroidery  is a Vertical canvas stitch
that covers the entire cloth  like needlepoint and cross stitch embroideries do.

Belding 1900 201

Belding 1900 201
Belding 1900 201,
originally uploaded by Embroiderist.

a pretty but effective darning stitch embroidery  that was  known circa 1913 as Goeblin or Goblin. but it is not the same as what most people know today as Goeblin embroidery.
(modern Goeblin uses a vertical tapestry stitch that completely covers the background fabric  where this style requires open spaces)

the background shapes are tinted (painted) on the linen then covered in straight darning like stitches. The shades of floss matching the tinting of the fabric beneath. the figures covered with the darning like stitches are then outlined in black floss. the covering stitches are unlike darning stitches as the fabric is caught up at irregular intervals. but like darning stitches the threads are sewn in a straight line.
Gobelin Tapestries which this type of darning embroidery mimics were manufactured in France, starting in the 15th century

I have been trying to think of a modern way to make this. I think the fabric transfer paper they make for printers would work for the back ground shading. or perhaps just trace the outline and use fabric paint to tint the fabric. if anyone trys this let me know what works.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

1897 Brainerd & Armstrong

1897  Brainerd & Armstrong
1897 Brainerd & Armstrong,
originally uploaded by Embroiderist.

I had just finished with all the torn pages and major stains
and was working on scanning & cleaning the interior pages
when Cornell University uploaded their copy. I am very happy to see it online for free. Its what I had intended to do with my copy. and I am sort of happy to stop working on mine and go on to another project. on the other hand tossing my work into the waste bin. sigh...

Cornell's copy is located at

Thursday, November 5, 2009

1902 MountMellic Embroidery

originally uploaded by Embroiderist.

this article is from my own collection and posted on my flickr account
if you got to look be search my photostream for the keywords
mountmellick. and you will also find some designs I have posted from various antique and vintage sources

I have not been very good at tagging my flickr uploads so if you browse my photostream feel free to use the add tags / keywords option
it would be a help to me if you do.

Mountmellick Embroidery - July 1903 Delineator

The other day someone was looking for
patterns and stitches for Mountmellick Embroidery
I posted a couple of things from my own collection
on my flickr account.  But this Article extracted from
GOOGLE BOOKS   I thought would also be of Interest
to anyone looking for vintage sources.

why I started this blog.

I started this blog as there were some embroidery images and links etc. I wanted to share.
unlike the forums and photo sites I participate in.  A blog I feel will be easier go to back and correct or re edit
and make additions.  In some of the other places I also was worried about the Tos or terms of sercvice rules
of images.  I do not know  how this will turn out.   the other blog I had started  had entries of a year or more apart, and most of the entries had nothing to do with why I started that one.  but what the hey.  that is typical of me I fear.   If an image is from my own personal collection then I most likely  will put it  on Flickr