Embroidery Samples - The Jacobean Collection
There is often confusion between ‘Jacobean’
embroidery and crewel work. Without going into too much detail here, crewel
work is usually done with crewel wool (a lightly twisted two-ply worsted
yarn) on an open weave linen or linen/cotton mix; ‘Jacobean’
(though wrongly named) is particularly associated with the embroidery
of the 17th century and a revival in the 20th century of the same design
and stitch styles.
In these embroideries, the design style and typical stitches have been used, though not all the pieces are worked with crewel wool.
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Uses stranded cotton on a cotton ground, featuring chain, half-fly, long and short, satin and stem stitches with four-legged and French knots.
A different design, worked with stranded cotton on a cotton fabric using similar stitches to Flower 1.
This flower is worked with stranded cotton on linen using stem, chain and feather stitch.
Worked on cotton lawn using feather, running, satin, stem stitches and French knots.
Worked on a painted linen background with stitched 'accents' in seeding, running, stem and buttonhole stitches with French knots.
Worked in a variety of stitches on linen, then backed with organza
As above, worked on linen, then backed with red silk.
Worked on linen using among others, chain, fishbone, stem and satin stitches.
This design uses chain, stem and back stitch on polyester cotton.
The design was first embroidered on linen in satin, stem and back stitches, and then appliqued onto satin.
Satin, stem, long, chain and feather stitches are used
on linen for this design.
These and other designs can be embroidered onto clothing, bags or household linens. Examples of a book cover/jacketand a bag are shown below:-
Jacobean / crewel designs also feature in the greetings cards selection.
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