The historical aspect of decorative needlework from medieval times is both diverse and full of richness, as humankind gained a new interest in the visible world. An exhibition in London at the V & A Museum 2016-2017 showcased Opus Anglicanum: masterpieces of English medieval embroidery, helping to document costume divine….
Exquisite Threads: English Embroidery 1600s – 1900s a free show at National Gallery of Victoria will inspire interest in the ancient art and craft of embroidery
Opus anglicanum, or English work is fine needlework carried out for ecclesiastical or secular use on clothing c1100 – c1350 & reflects ‘the beauty of holiness’
John, Bishop of Marseilles in his will of 1345 made a special bequest of his alb ‘that was wrought with English orfrais’. What is an orphrey? It is a piece of woven or embroidered fabric mainly applied to the special costumes, or vestments that priests wear for the Mass. In…
Elizabeth 1 was the ultimate feminist, fashioning herself and her kingdom into a major world power by believing in the qualities of the men who surrounded her