Early 20th Century Embroidery Techniques
Photographs: 335 photographs
In this visually stunning book, Gail Marsh has delved into thearchives to research the personalities, varied and unusualtechniques and tools that hand-embroiders used in the period1900?1939, before the outbreak of World War II. All the examplesare from the RBKS Collection at Gawthorpe Hall, where Gail isCurator. Much of the material is previously unpublished and comesfrom her personal observation of the actual pieces of work and hercareful examination of the stitches and techniques used. A uniqueand fascinating feature is the concentration on the embroiderersand their involvement in the teaching, promotion, writing andpractice of stitching in this period. These include the unknown butintriguing experts in the craft, as well as the famous andwell-known, including such luminaries as Jessie Newbury, AnnMacbeth, Margaret Swanson, Mrs. Foster, Louisa Peel, GraceChristie, Lewis F. Day, Rebecca Crompton, Kathleen Mann, Rachel KayShuttleworth, Prof. Letharby and Joan Drew. Each chapter followsthe format of a short biography, design influences, materials andworking practice and then the actual embroidery and how it wasworked. Gail?s in-depth research is presented in a highly readablemanner, with contemporary quotes and social comment and the finalchapter, ?Connecting the threads?, connects all of the embroiderstogether. This delightful book is essential reference for anystudent studying embroidery, fashion and textiles; craftspersonsinterested in historical embroidery techniques; collectors oftextiles and indeed any needlework enthusiast wanting to extendtheir knowledge.ISBN13: 9781861088208
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