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Welcome to [community profile] historicalembroidery. At present we have one moderator, [personal profile] holyschist.

This community is for embroidery based on historical styles, whether you're making an exact copy of a period piece, something in the style of a period piece, or using the techniques of a particular time and place to make something new and modern! We are primarily focused on 500-1600 CE at present, but it's fine to go earlier and later. Any country, and time, as long as it's historically based.

Ideas for Things to Post:

  • Questions about historical embroidery

  • Resources and embroidery tips

  • Project and photos diaries

  • Pattern and book reviews

  • Discussion questions related to historical embroidery

  • Ads for items you have made yourself or used embroidery books/supplies/etc. (not more than once per week)

  • Other stuff related to historical embroidery



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holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
[personal profile] holyschist
This community seems to be pretty dead these days, and my interests have shifted away from the SCA (and currently away from embroidery), so I'm trying to clean up my mental clutter, since I disappeared from DW for a couple years there. Would anyone else be interested in taking over as administrator in case the community revives in the future?
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So I went to Christmas Revel this last weekend and got to take two embroidery classes one after the other.

Turns out she also teaches the class at Gulf Wars, so if anyone's curious as to how the class 'So you Sew and Sew' is, I tell you that it's great. And so's the teacher!
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
[personal profile] holyschist
I know this community has been pretty quiet so far, and I guess its purpose is not entirely clear. I had originally envisioned it as a community for people doing reproduction and historical style embroidery from the medieval and Renaissance periods (loosely defined). However, I think it might be good to broaden the scope somewhat.

Poll #5084 Community Scope
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10


What do you think of this community expanding to include....

View Answers

Historically inspired embroidery that may use obviously modern materials, motifs, or techniques
7 (70.0%)

Historical style embroidery used for modern purposes (e.g. on a handbag, or for an SCA badge)
8 (80.0%)

Other historical periods besides the Middle Ages and Renaissance
8 (80.0%)

Something connected to historical embroidery, but not strictly historical, which I have not thought of (please comment)
0 (0.0%)



ETA: For an example of "something else," see this door painted like an Elizabethan jacket. What do folks think of allowing occasional non-embroidery projects that are clearly based on embroidery?

If we expand the scope of the community, I am thinking of adding some tags to clarify different types of projects:

historical replica - An attempt at an exact copy of a historical piece; may use modern substitute materials

historical style - A piece done in a historical style, but using an original design, different colors, or involving other changes without departing from what might have been done in period

modern interpretation - A piece using historical motifs and/or techniques, but in a modern way, possibly using obviously modern materials

reenactorism - A piece done using a historical technique, but which modern recreation or reenactment convenience, such as an SCA award badge or a cell phone case

What do you think of these categories? Are there any others you would add?
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I have some pictures of small motifs I have done in Or Nue technique. Two were applied to a bldric for our Baronial A&S champion, and one is for a pouch we are making for our Seneschal.
Pics here... )

Not the most period motifs, but still pretty cool for SCA use.
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
[personal profile] holyschist
Redwork coif progress -- 28m of thread

I've been working on a redwork Elizabethan coif project for a while now--my biggest embroidery project yet, and first real project that's not counted thread. I'm using Extreme Patterns' ([livejournal.com profile] attack_laurel) "Mary" pattern, available from Reconstructing History. To be honest, if I'd realized which piece it was based on, I probably would have bought a different pattern--maybe "Alice". It's a nice enough pattern, just not my favorite.

Anyway, I'm using linen fabric and Au Ver Au Soie's Soie Perlee (a twisted filament silk, which I ordered from Threadneedle Street). It's currently double-running/backstitch for the motifs and reverse chain for the scrolling vines (faster and easier for me to keep consistent than chain stitch, but basically indistinguishable). I may fill in some of the petals with detached buttonhole (or I may save that for a coif that's less of a Learning Experience than this one), and I'm definitely going to add gold spangles.

More photos (28 meters of thread so far) and musings on what I've learned at my journal.

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