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Jacobean Embroidery: A Timeless Masterpiece

A. F. Morris Hands' exceptional publication delves into the enchanting world of Jacobean Embroidery, focusing specifically on its diverse forms and intricate fillings, while also giving insight into the late Tudor era. This comprehensive guide is an indispensable resource for both novice and experienced embroiders, providing a wealth of historical context along with detailed instructions and stunning illustrations.

One of the book’s greatest strengths lies in its meticulously researched historical accounts. Hands takes readers on a captivating journey back to late Tudor England, shedding light on the social, political, and cultural influences that shaped the vibrant art of Jacobean Embroidery. This contextual understanding not only enhances our appreciation of the craft but also encourages a deeper connection to the rich heritage it represents.

Furthermore, the author's expertise in needlework is evident throughout every page. Hands meticulously outlines a wide range of embroidery techniques, from the basic stitches to complex compositions, ensuring that readers of all skill levels can confidently undertake their own Jacobean Embroidery projects. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and accompanied by vivid illustrations that bring life to the intricate details of this beautiful art form.

Hands also shines a spotlight on the diverse forms of Jacobean Embroidery, showcasing an extensive array of motifs, patterns, and color combinations. By exploring the various styles prevalent during this period, the book not only serves as an educational resource but also as a wellspring of inspiration for contemporary embroiderers seeking to incorporate Jacobean techniques into their own creations.

Additionally, the book's high production value deserves recognition. The careful selection of paper, the exquisite printing, and the thoughtfully designed layout all contribute to a pleasurable reading experience. The photographs of historical pieces and modern examples offer a feast for the eyes, showcasing the intricate beauty of this enduring art form.

If there is a minor drawback to this otherwise outstanding publication, it would be the somewhat limited scope of the content. While the examination of forms and fillings is comprehensive, one can't help but wish for a slightly broader exploration of lesser-known techniques or a deeper analysis of the symbolism behind certain motifs. However, this should not detract from the overall value and appeal of Jacobean Embroidery: Its Forms and Fillings Including Late Tudor.

In conclusion, A. F. Morris Hands has produced an exceptional book that showcases the timeless beauty and cultural significance of Jacobean Embroidery. By combining historical insights, practical instructions, and inspiring visuals, this publication succeeds in equipping aspiring embroiderers with the tools to create their own masterpieces while honoring the legacy of this cherished art form. Whether you are an experienced needleworker or new to the world of embroidery, this book is a must-have addition to your library.

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Its Forms and Fillings Including Late Tudor



Publishers' Note.

Plates 1, l0a, 11, 12 (part of), 20 and 23 have already been published in "Needlecraft Monthly Magazine" and are included in this collection by permission of the Editor.

London Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner and Co. Ltd. Broadway House, Carter Lane, E.C. 1912


Introductory History by A. F. Morris Hands.

Op. I Tudor Work.

Op. II Early 17th Century.

Op. III Details of Blue Crewel Work (the late Lady Maria Ponsonby's).

Op. IV The uses of Stem Stitch and other characteristics.

Op. V Bed Hangings at Hardwicke Hall.

Op. Va Groups of Fillings in which darning plays important part.

Op. VI Bed Hanging from Powis Castle.

Op. VII Characteristic Foliations and Late 17th Century Fillings.

Op. VIII Solid Crewel Work 18th Century including the Terra Firma and different birds and beasts.



1 Strip of Tudor Work.

2 Group of leaves on cushions at Knole Park.

2a Group of light details in early examples.

3 Details from old example, carried out in dark blues, belonged to the late Lady Maria Ponsonby.

4 Ditto.

5 Ditto... Continue reading book >>

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