Monday, November 05, 2007

Recommended reading: Renate Kroos


Kroos, R. (1970), Niedersachsische Bildstickereien des Mittelaters, Berlin: Deutscher Verlag fur Kunstwissenschaft

This book is the extended version of Renate Kroos' phd tesis on German medieval embroidery (more specifically, from Niedersachsen) from 1958.

I love it because the pictures are so incredibly detailed. Here are some "randomly" selected pictures of linen and silk embroidery from the second half of the 14th century

This is one of my favourites. The combination of different stitches and materials is fascinating. The crown of the lady saint (I don't know who) is done in gold thread, the rest of the embroidery in white liuen and coloured silks.


This picture clearly shows how the deers are embroidered. I tried to use the same technique for the dragons that are in the Feldbach tablecloth (see blog banner):


I'm still trying to find out how to make a border in interlacing stitch. This picture is the fifth example of this type of border in whitework that I know of, so it was probably quite popular:


And last but not least, I like pictures were you can see the original drawing:


5 comments :

Isis said...

oh this looks like an awesome book!
where did you find it? in the letterenbieb?

Machteld said...

It's amazing, the pictures are so detailed...

It's in the UB in Utrecht. I can show it to you next week.

Racaire said...

What a great book - I can very good understand you because I would also love to have such a book as a part of my private library (but that's a lot of money too :( )

Jerusha said...

OK. I need that book too. Wonder if I can get it via ILL. *hope*

Thanks so much for sharing.

helene said...

University of Georgia in Athens has a copy that I was able to get on ILL when I was in Atlanta. Tennesse probably has an ILL agreement with Georgia. Just take good care of it - its the only one in the area :)

You can find all the ILL copies on WorldCat at http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/176343&referer=brief_results . London has 3 copies!

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