Jacobean embroidery is
one of the earliest forms of surface stitching. Usually worked
on linen (terrra firma or base) and using 2-ply wool yarn, this
style of crewelwork was influenced by the exotic flora and fauna
found in imported Indian Chintzes that were brought into Europe
in the 1600s. Unlike other styles, Jacobean embroidery
utilized the open space as well as the embroidered space. From
fanciful fruits & flowers, exotic animals & birds to
insects and the tree of life, multiple stitches were used to
create colorful, scrolling, free style patterns.
The pattern would
have been pricked & pounced, a way to place small
dots to trace the outlines of what was to be stitched. The linen
would have been stretched and placed in a frame.
embroidery style flourished in the reign of King James 1 of England
in the first
quarter of the 17th century. Popular items were mens waistcoats;
womens stomachers, bodices, petticoats and pockets; and
bed curtains, that were pulled on rods around the bed to ward
of the cold.
Bracelet evokes the floral style of early Jacobean embroidery
but with a three-dimensional contemporary take on traditional
techniques. A central
thistle/artichoke component made of Peyote stitch; flat, flat
circular and tubular ties a coiled tube of metal mesh together
in the middle. Nestled into the coils, two other
fanciful botanical shapes fill space as the mesh works its way
to the closure. The closure encases the ends of the rolled mesh
in a beautiful set of cones embellished with an exotic shape
that hides a snap.
Skill level: Intermediate/advanced
Workshop length: This is a one-day workshop.