Historically inspired design and stitch

STOP PRESS! Ornamental Embroidery will be exhibiting at all three venues of the Knitting and Stitching show 2018 (Alexandra Palace London, 11-14 October; RDS Dublin 8-11 November; and HCC Harrogate, 22-25 November). Visit TG4 in the specially curated textiles gallery at Alexandra Palace to see the display of contemporary raised or stump work caskets and flat panels made by students of Ornamental Embroidery, inspired by seventeenth-century English needlework in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Copies of our new publication The Needles Excellency: contemporary raised work (OE Publications, 2018), which includes five essays on historic and contemporary raised work by Dr Mary Brooks, Dr Lynn Hulse, Jacqui Carey, Sue Stanton and Nicola Jarvis as well as a catalogue of the exhibits, will be available to purchase at the show.

Ornamental Embroidery specialises in the teaching and designing of historic hand embroidery, and runs workshops in museums, art galleries and historic houses. Students are introduced to the history of embroidered textiles and design through lectures and firsthand study of original examples, and are trained in a variety of stitch techniques (canvas, crewel, gold work, silk shading, blackwork and raised work). All of the projects undertaken are informed by detailed object-based research. Our aim is to help students actively engage with history by re-creating past practice, using appropriate materials and stitch techniques in order to appreciate the society, economy and culture of earlier periods.