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It really is a great resource for Jacobean — still wonderful after almost years. Hi Mary, I love your site and appreciate your free patterns but more so your fascinating info. I have printed several patterns in the past few weeks. I want to try some of the Jacobean embroidery and your information King James, etc.

I was a history major and of all things I studied English History;primarily the Tudors. I have always been a sewer, smocker, embroiderer. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I saw that one does not have to use crewel or wool. Is cotton ok? Crewel Work was still being embroidered in the Elizabethan style during the reign of James 1st. Contributors to Wikipedia have made some spectacular mistakes on the subject of crewel work, and even wrongly including a portrait of Peter Saltpepper in a silk and metal thread jacket as an example of crewel work, thus creating even more confusion.

However it is later, more usually Charles 11 or even William and Mary. I blame the Victorians for naming embroidery into categories, but this is another subject! I am writing a book which clarifies the evolution of crewel work, and have just returned from a research trip around Scotland.

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I have also been explaining the importance of exhibiting embroidery to castle owners. Keep up the good work! Irish Mountmellick includes many stitches used in crewel work and metal thread embroidery. Mixing techniques and materials is not a new thing, and many metal thread stitches are used on the s altar frontal I am currently replicating with my study group. Thanks for the clarification, Phillipa! Too true about Wikipedia — not exactly the resource I turn to for information.

Unfortunately, the misnomer of styles and genres in relation to the exact historical eras has been going on for a long time even the Roman historians were guilty of this , not just in the field of embroidery or textiles, but also in other arts literature and music are good examples, too. Thanks again for the specifics on dates! Thank you for this post — and the very clear explanation about Jacobean vs crewel. Thank you Mary for sharing the Jacobean Book it is delightful.

Being English I grew up seeing this work in various places and would like to have a go myself. Hi Mary. Love your newsletters, Several letters ago, you were showing a book called: Crewel Twist. I bought several books for the price of this book! I do not understand why sellers try to gouge the public with a higher price, when other sellers are making a profit at a lower price for the same item. It pays to shop around. This is a particularly nice blog because you included so many types of needle work in your comments.

Very timely topic! I really love the Jacobean — type of embroidery designs; the modern style more so than the originals. I believe the older designs are more of an outline with little to no fill in, is this correct? The prettiest samples are the ones which are very colorful with lots of stitch variety. Thank you for the inspiring article! It has inspired me so much just looking at that book. Thanks again for all.

Lyn Procopio. Thank your for republishing the Jacobean web link.

I spend a lot of time in your archives doing research and find so many treasures like this. It is all good information and greatly appreciated! I just have to send a thank you to you for the information that you provide us, everyday. You are a great wealth of knowledge and I am grateful to have found your newsletter! Keep them coming, please. So funny that we both have Jacobean embroidery on our mind. I created and have published my Jacobean Fantasy calendar kit recently.

I love the Jacobean style and had so much fun designing this calendar. As I read your post and then some of the comments I was caught off guard by the information that Phillipa posted regarding the real dates for the Jacobean period. I also researched and only came up with the early s. Hi Waterose, I love the calendar! A perfect Christmas present methinks. I think everyone was too busy looking at the images on the screen!

I have been trying to work all of this out for over 20 years and to timeline embroidery as much as possible. My information comes from written documentation within the British castles and country houses. Muncaster Castle has one of the best collections of crewel work I have found worldwide. The owners, a conservator and I are currently creating a textile exhibition room, plus improving two conservation and storage rooms in the attic.

If anyone wishes to come to a conservation study holiday in then please let me know! Maybe we can persuade Mary to come and write a blog from a castle in the UK!? Does anyone know anything about German textiles please? I have just bought a piece of crewel work which may be German, but about which i know nothing.


Have you published any of your timeline? I hope you will have pictures somewhere when you get the exhibition room created. I imagine I will not get to England in the near future and would love to see what you have discovered.

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They are renamed for local flowers and animal tracks, and have become a unique tradionion of their own. Take Joy, Marlene. Could happily frame the illustrations to great effect. Thank you for this wonderful resource. Greatly appreciated.

Cheers, Kath. Ah, this is wonderful. I just did a class recently where we were making our own Jacobean samplers and had to create our own designs. Over the period of time, these women became experts in the art of embroidery. Many fascinating designs were made to make the embroidery look appealing. Animals, birds, plants, vine, flowers and even Tree of Life were some of the commonly used designs.

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Animals like deer were normally drawn as embroidery work. Flowers like roses and marigold were in demand for embroidery design. Embroidery was done on many of the things commonly seen in any Jacobean house. Cushions, curtains, bed hangings, etc could be easily ornamented by drawing embroidery work upon them.

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Embroidery was also done on jackets. In fact, jackets with embroidery on them were very much in demand and were worn by men and women with great enthusiasm. The Jacobean embroidery became so popular that it was readily adopted by America, which was at that time a British colony.