When I posted the last Jacobean pattern, I got some interesting and informative responses, and a couple inquiries on the book. The book that I took the different motifs from (I scanned them and edited them, moving parts here and there) is called Jacobean Embroidery: Its Forms and Fillings including Late Tudor (a rather burdensome title) by Ada Fitzwilliam and A.F. Morris Hands which I picked up on Abebooks. (A note on that: you’d be surprised what you can find on Abebooks – it’s a great place to pick up needlework books, especially “vintage” or antique!)
The book I have was published England in the early 1900’s. It’s in pretty good condition, and isn’t a bad looking book, though the pages are discolored (but it’s that super-smooth “hard” paper – I just love old books!) Come to find out, thanks to an e-mail, the same text (though I’m not certain if it’s the same publishing date) is also available on Project Gutenburg. You will find it here.
If you’re interested in Jacobean embroidery and want to read the text, I highly recommend it. Reading it online is not the same as browsing through an old book, but I think you’ll enjoy parts of the book, nonetheless, if you have an interest in Jacobean embroidery.
So, when I was on a Jacobean kick (actually, I was playing with new threads – trebizond and soie ovale, among others), I decided to scan up some of the plates in that book and play with them, putting them together to see if I could come up with some neat combinations to practice with. Here’s the second design of the only two I managed to do anything with.
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This type of design is for more advanced embroiderers, though I think a really focused beginner could play with it and manage some good results. You don’t have to use traditional Jacobean stitches and filling!
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