|The Restoration of King Charles II|
The Holburne Museum
I'm very much in love with stumpwork right now. It is a style of embroidery that first was popular in the 17th century.
It uses multiple stitches, many of which are also used in other styles of embroidery (like satin stitch) but what makes it unique is that uses many raised, or 3D, stitches, including couching and silk ribbon embroidery. Stumpwork achieves this three dimensional look by also employing padding under the stitches, sometimes even wood chips for noses! On occasion you might also see bits of things (i.e. buttons, beads, twigs, coins, shells etc) worked into the embroidery, allowing the work to be highly personalized.
|Stumpwork casket, English, c.1660 (embroidery)|
The Bridgeman Art Library
|The Basing House Embroidery|
English, c 1665
Modern stumpwork is absolutely charming! Check out these modern embroideries using this centuries old technique.
|Branching Out, by Lorna Bateman Embroidery|
|Detail of a stumpwork kit, designed by Lorna Bateman |
Image via S is for Snail.