Resources and Weblinks

Resources & Web Links
Canvas Work

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The stitches below are of just a few of those which were used during the period covered by the SCA. The stitches are organized according to the Sojourner categories on the Guild Programs page.

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Canvas Work ("needlepoint")

(a.) tent stitch

(b.) cross stitch on canvas

(c.) brick stitch

(d.) upright (Gobelin) stitch

(e.) satin stitch


General Resources

Elizabethan Canvas Embroidery
http://www.geocities.com/souriete/ElizaCanvasEmbr.html
a discussion of canvaswork during the period; no photos

A Brief Look at Canvas Work
By THL Anne of Armonye, OE
http://www.geocities.com/armonye@sbcglobal.net/canvas.html
article looks good, has photos


We haven't exhausted the search for web sites with useful information, this is just a start...

If you know of any additional websites with information on SCA-period stitches, please let Jocelyn know.

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Canvas Work -- tent stitch

How-To Stitch Sources

Multiple Stitches
http://www.needlepoint.org/Stitch.php


horizontal tent stitch, continental stitch
http://www.needlepoint.org/StitchOfTheMonth/98-02.htm

diagonal tent stitch
http://www.needlepoint.org/StitchOfTheMonth/98-03.php

basketweave stitch
http://www.needlepoint.org/StitchOfTheMonth/98-03.htm


Information on Historical Techniques

Historic Needlework Resources
http://medieval.webcon.net.au/technique_stitches.html
drawing of 2 different ways to do the stitch, discusses which method was used for making what type of items

Late 16th / Early 17th Century Embroidery "Slips"
Elizabethan and Stuart Embroidery
by Meg Andrews
http://www.victoriana.com/shops/andrews/slips.htm
A brief essay by Meg Andrews on this type of embroidery, with several detailed color photographs.

Actual Historical Textiles and Patterns

http://www.vandaimages.com/results.asp?cat1=Oxburgh+Hangings&X8=17-25
Oxburgh Hanging, by Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury. England, late 16th century
closeups of several items from the hanging

British Library – Database of Bookbindings (Davis31)
http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/bookbindings/LargeImage.aspx?RecordId=020-000003184&ImageId=ImageId=41197&Copyright=BL
a book cover from 16th Century England

Marie Stuart Society
http://www.marie-stuart.co.uk/embroidery.htm 
photos of several pieces from Mary, Queen of Scots  Marian Hanging

Historically Inspired Patterns and Pieces

Clare's Historical Embroidery Pages
http://www.insanehobby.150m.com/clare/embroider.html
Examples worked by the author, also a handout & bibliography of sources; includes tips & tricks for petite point

A Book of Medieval, Renaissance, and Heraldic Patterns for Needlework
Caryl de Trecesson (Carol Hanson)
http://www.dragonbear.com/dp.html
charts of author’s creation; some are her own interpretation of a calligraphic alphabet or drawn design; others are patterns charted from the photographs of an actual embroidery piece

A large 'slip' appliqued to velvet
http://sca.livingpast.com/loon.html
A panel done in the style of the Oxburgh Hanging attributed to Mary Queen of Scots (and friends).

 

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Canvas Work --cross stitch on canvas

How-To Stitch Sources

long arm cross stitch.
http://www.needlework-tips-and-techniques.com/free-assisi-pattern.html

Information on Historical Techniques

Know of a web site with information on period style cross-stitch on canvas?
Please, send it to Jocelyn of Rowenwood.

Actual Historical Textiles and Patterns

Historically Inspired Patterns and Pieces


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Canvas work -- brick stitch

How-To Stitch Sources

http://www.needlepoint.org/StitchOfTheMonth/98-05.htm

Information on Historical Techniques

A Stitch Out of Time
http://wymarc.com/asoot/german/stitch_article/stitchArticle.php
Richard Wymarc's research of 14th and 15th Century German embroidery

Actual Historical Textiles and Patterns

The Göss Vestments
http://medieval.webcon.net.au/extant_goss_vestments.html
A set of vestments from 13th Century Germany; much of it is worked in brick stitch; the link to the Rubens Art Server has good closeups.

http://www.bildindex.de/bilder/MI11651c07a.jpg
a 13th Century German reliquary box

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ho/07/euwc/ho_69.106.htm
German Altar Frontal, late 14th century

http://www.bildindex.de/bilder/MI01603a07a.jpg
German purse, 14th Century

http://www.bildindex.de/bilder/MI00772d05a.jpg
German Altar Hanging with Female Figures, 14th Century

Historically Inspired Patterns and Pieces

A Stitch Out of Time
http://wymarc.com/asoot/german/stitch_article/stitchArticle.php
Richard Wymarc's patterns & scans of 14th and 15th Century German embroidery

A 14th - 15th century Embroidered Cushion from Westphalia (Germany)
by Joyce Miller
http://www.doctorbeer.com/joyce/emb/westcush/westcush.htm
photos of the cushion, description, & drawing of brick stitch

A 14th - 15th century Embroidered Box from Westphalia (Germany)
by Joyce Miller
http://www.doctorbeer.com/joyce/emb/westbox/westbox.htm
photos of the box, description, & drawing of brick stitch

 

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Canvas work -- upright (Gobelin) stitch

How-To Stitch Sources

Netstitch – Counted Cross Stitch Designs

 

American Needlepoint Guild
http://www.needlepoint.org/StitchOfTheMonth/98-04.php

Information on Historical Techniques

The Needles Excellency
An Historically/Medieval/Elizabethan Focused Needlework/Embroidery Blog
http://www.laren.blogspot.com/2006_03_01_laren_archive.html
Jane Stockton of Lochac talks about Gobelin stitch used as background for sweetbags (but no photos)

Actual Historical Textiles and Patterns

Know of a web site with photos or other information on period style Gobelin stitch?
Please, please let us know.

Historically Inspired Patterns and Pieces

Know of a web site with patterns of period style Gobelin stitch?

 

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Canvas work --satin stitch

How-To Stitch Sources

http://www.

Information on Historical Techniques

Whitework
by Aldith Angharad St. George
http://wkneedle.bayrose.org/Articles/Whitework.html
Talks about using counted satin stitch to fill in figures

WhiteWork Technique
http://www.needlework-tips-and-techniques.com/whitework-embroidery.html

Actual Historical Textiles and Patterns

Samplings: Antique Samplers & Silk Embroideries
Martha Atkinson antique sampler, England, 1662
http://mfinkelanddaughter.com/pastsales/atkinson-martha.html
a little bit out of period, but worth a look

Historically Inspired Patterns and Pieces

Counted Satin Stitch Bag
Mathilde's Medieval and Renaissance Embroidery Page
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/mathilde/embroidery/mygall/candlebag.htm
Short discussion of pattern & method of making the bag. She describes it as counted satin stitch, but her bibliographies are from brick stitch methods.

Giuliana Buonpadre’s Embroidery site – book section
http://www.filofilo.it/eng/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14&Itemid=29
Vol. 2. Counted thread work
Collection of 45 designs in counted satin stitch worked with antique techniques and modern variations. -- click on link to see example of pattern & worked sample

 

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