Goldwork Embroidery: Designs and Projects

Goldwork Embroidery: Designs and Projects

by Mary Brown


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Ancient European tradition lives on in goldwork, an art form encompassing embroidery with all types of metal threads, not only gold. Once reserved for royalty and other aristocrats, goldwork is now available to all through this fully illustrated guide. Part historical reference, part project plan book, and fully stuffed with pattern templates, it is an authoritative sourcebook on the history, materials, and techniques of goldwork embroidery. There are 15 projects for readers to complete, such as the Ornamental Fan, Portrait of a Woman, a lush Cornucopia, and an arresting Byzantine Angel. Color photographs show examples of medieval designs, and provide visual guideposts through each new project, while a section on metal thread manufacturing delivers a rich historical perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781863513661
Publisher: Milner, Sally Publishing Pty, Limited
Publication date: 08/01/2007
Series: Milner Craft Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     7
Background and Techniques     9
A Brief History of Goldwork Embroidery     9
Medieval Goldwork: 12th to 15th centuries     10
Tudor, Elizabethan and Stuart Goldwork: 16th and 17th centuries     21
Rococo and Regency/Directoire Goldwork: 18th and 19th centuries     31
20th Century Goldwork     47
Metal Threads: History and Construction     61
Materials, Equipment and Preparation Techniques     67
Goldwork Embroidery Techniques     76
The Projects     91
Contemporary Jewel     91
Circle of Hearts     96
Spray of Flowers     99
Silver Flower     104
White Poppy     108
Horus Eye     113
Medallion     119
Ornamental Fan     126
Portrait of a Woman     134
Basket of Flowers     141
Vine of Flowers     141
Japanese Landscape     154
Byzantine Angel     163
Cornucopia     177
Memories of Russia     189
Bibliography     206
Suppliers     208

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