Lately, you’ve seen a few mentions of Society Silk embroidery – also called Silk Art embroidery, needle painting, thread painting, silk shading, and … on and on – here on Needle ‘n Thread. The box of vintage needlework supplies (including silk threads and stamped linens from the early part of the 20th century) was, for me, a catalyst for further explorations into Society Silk. I also featured some of these historic needlework items in my give-away a couple weeks ago. Since then, it’s been a case of Silk-Art-Embroidery-on-the-Brain.
Needless to say, then, I was super-duper delighted when a reader left a comment directing me to her Flickr page that is jam-packed full of 192 photos of Society Silk embroidery! Oh, wow! I was in Silk-Shaded Heaven.
This particular collection on Flickr includes color plates from books published by silk companies and now in the public domain. The collector has put her images together in one place, so that the rest of us can meander through some really gorgeous examples of silk shading and other embroidery in silk.
Even if nothing else in the collection thrills you to the tips of your toes (a scenario which is highly unlikely!), then this embroidered peacock surely will. It is… it’s – amazing.
While you’re meandering around Embroiderist’s Flickr collection, make sure to click on Embroidery Collection, which will take you to a more general page that includes all her collections related to embroidery. Beware, though – you might spend hours browsing! There are heaps of vintage designs there!
I hope you enjoy browsing the Embroiderist’s collections – and thank you, Embroiderist, for commenting on Needle ‘n Thread and posting your link! I thought it was far too good a source of inspiration to leave it lost in the comments – hope you don’t mind the write-up!