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.