I’ve mentioned before that embroidery and illumination (the decorating of manuscripts usually in conjunction with text worked in calligraphy) are pretty closely connected – or at least, at different points in history, they certainly have “fed” off each other.
Since making that comment, I’ve found other sources that substantiate it, among them Lanto Synge in his authoritative work, The Art of Embroidery. This is an excellent book that thoroughly covers the history of embroidery techniques and use. Really a great book for any serious needleworker’s library!
But I digress… embroidery and illumination. Both are beautiful arts! Recently, a reader commented here on Needle ‘n Thread, and, following her link, I ended up at her blog, Elmsley Rose.
WOW! Talk about beautiful work! While the topic may seem irrelevant to needlework and surface embroidery, she does discuss color combinations (granted, in paint) that are relevant to the embroiderer. At the same time, you can see how the designs used in illumination are certainly a source of inspiration for embroidery.
Elmsley Rose also has a photobucket gallery, where you can view her illuminated works and some needlework, which she also enjoys.
If you have time to browse these two sites, you’re sure to enjoy the artwork on them. Feel free to leave a comment on her blog to encourage her! She does fantastic work!