Wednesday, May 16, 2012

An example of interlacing stich

I'm fascinated by the use of interlacing stitch to sew two pieces of fabric together. Last February, we visited the Kölnisches Stadtmuseum. This museum has a small but lovely collection of medieval artefacts. I've seen the objects before, but only this time I noticed that one of the objects was embroidered using interlacing stitch. It's a religious artefact, it looks a bit like a pouch, and it is not clear what it was used for (for an image and a description, see p 162-163 of “Mittelalter in Köln: Eine Auswahl aus den Beständen des Kölnischen Stadtmuseums”)

The image above is a close-up of one of the seams: two pieces of linen are sewn together with what seems to be yellow silk. More examples of the use of this technique can be found here:

  • German 14th century wallhangings. Kroos, R. (1970), Niedersachsische Bildstickereien des Mittelaters, Berlin: Deutscher Verlag fur Kunstwissenschaft, objects nr 268-269, 271-272-273

Interlacing stitch tutorials can be found here.

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