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Historical Embroidery Fans – Look What’s Coming!


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If you’re a fan of historical needlework – especially needlework from the 17th century – there’s something coming that looks pretty exciting!

The Essamplaire Website

The folks over at The Essamplaire have announced in their September newsletter that they have received permission to reproduce a 17th century embroidered casket.

According to the newsletter, The Essamplaire will be offering the experience of making a reproduction of this casket in a series of online classes that will begin in late 2012. The casket has a total of ten embroidered panels on it (looks like loads of stumpwork!), and the classes will be spread out over several years in order to work all the panels and finish the casket.

If you’ve ever wanted to make one of these fantastic 17th century caskets, this looks like the opportunity of a lifetime to make an “authentic” reproduction of a glorious one. Check out the September Newsletter at The Essamplaire for the breaking news. If you want to get in on this class, I recommend two things: 1. subscribe to The Essamplaire Newsletter, so you can keep abreast of developments; and 2. Uhhhhh…. start saving your pennies?? I have a feeling this will be a rare opportunity!

While you’re looking at that newsletter, take time to read the interview with Lamora Haidar of Access Commodities, the company behind the re-introduction and distribution of many of the beautiful historical threads that are available again today (i.e. Gilt Sylke Twist). We don’t often get a glimpse into the work behind the threads that we are fortunate to get our paws on these days, so take time to enjoy some interesting insight into the fine needlework industry.

Incidentally, the book I was expecting in the post yesterday didn’t arrive. But it did arrive first thing this morning. On Monday, I’ll have a review of Hazel Everett’s new book, Goldwork Techniques, Projects & Pure Inspiration. Can’t wait to take a good look at it on my lunch break today!

Have a terrific Friday!


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  1. I saw this casket a few years back on a visit to England…it’s awesome. I’ve always wanted to design and stitch a casket….hmmmm.

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