Thursday, September 09, 2010

Eyelet stitch embroidery I



Recently my attention was drawn again to this purse from Tongeren, Belgium (see more info and images here). It is dated to 1276-1300. It exists of a woollen ground fabric - as does this purse I posted about earlier this week - with silk and metal thread embroidery. The embroidery is a mix of brick stitch and eyelet stitches. Tristan from Taschen did a pattern redaction of this purse, with which I do not fully agree (I have been wanting to do a redaction myself for some time, I promise I'll do it soonish). You can find it here. His finished piece is gorgeous too! Also have a look at this detail shot.
For a long time I have thought this was the only piece of embroidery with eyelet stitches from the medieval period in Europe. Apparently not!


Just this week I was browsing the website of the Needleworkers Guild of the West Kingdom, where I bumped into this fabulous piece of eyelet embroidery here. As opposed to the purse from Tongeren this embroidery pattern is built up from eyelet stitch only. The colour photo by Catrijn shows that the piece was done in red, blue and yellow/green silk, and metalic thread. It is situated in the Uppsala Cathedral Museum. Has anyone got more information on this piece of embroidery, or interesting literature about it? Recommendations are always welcome.

6 comments :

Lia de Thornegge said...

I have a couple of photos of that band of eyelet stitch from the Uppsala Cathedral in my album here: http://picasaweb.google.se/lia.thornegge/UppsalaCathedralTreasury?authkey=Gv1sRgCIfh2tLl3OjvqwE#

It contains photos from a number of visits, so scroll down for the rest. I'm not in Uppsala currently, so can't go back for detail shots right now, but I might go explore at the beginning of October when I'll have some time there.

Isis said...

hi lia! thanks for sharing. i look forward to seeing more detailed shots whenever you get the chance to go back :) But it's becoming clear I should pay a visit myself sometime :)

Tristán Z. said...

Thank you for the compliments :-) At least one inconsistency in my pattern was intentional, but I'm sure I may have missed other things as well. Looking forward to your redaction!

ragnvaeig said...

When I took a photo of just that piece in Uppsala, I wrote down the caption: "All-over embroidery of gold and silk, worked in eye stitch. Probably part of an altar frontlet, c. 1500."

(The photo wasn't that great, though: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ragnvaeig/2468220974/in/photostream/)

Lia de Thornegge said...

I was just returning here to say that I found a shot of the caption, and just as Ragnvaeig says, it only gives date, no place to the fragment in Uppsala.

Isis said...

thank you both for linking the extra photos and the information :)

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