Anglo Saxon Embroidery patterns

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Postby Neil of Ormsheim » Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:25 pm

[quote I wish she'd stop interfering with the twiddly bits quote]

She can fiddle with my twiddly bits whenever she wants! :oops: [/quote]

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Re: Anglo Saxon Embroidery patterns

Postby AlisonSearchPress » Tue May 18, 2010 4:22 pm

Try this, its really beautiful:

Celtic, Viking & Anglo-Saxon Embroidery by Jan Messent ... age=search

A glorious book celebrating the art of Jan Messent, through re-creations of Celtic, Viking and Anglo-Saxon artifacts.

This book combines everything held dear to the author's heart in a single volume - embroidery, writing, artwork, history and books. Her beautifully executed creations combine myriad materials, including hand-stitched threads, glued papers, fabrics, fibres, paints and beads, and are presented here as a series of 'altered books', each representing a chapter that follows on from the last, and each exploring one of the major themes of the book, including textiles, stitches, clothing and accessories. Historical facts are ingeniously interwoven with contemporary renditions of ancient artworks, bringing to life the ancient skills of Celtic, Viking and Anglo-Saxon women, and celebrating the centuries-old tradition of embroidery in England that has served as a foundation for present-day excellence.

A unique book that combines contemporary interpretations of ancient art and embroideries with historical narrative. Beautiful colour photographs throughout. A fabulous collection of works by one of the UK's most highly respected embroiderers.

Book Contents: Introduction, Celtic influences, The Book of Stitches, The Bayeux Stitch Book, The Dressing-up Book, The Book of Ancient Accessories, Book of Motifs, Domesday Book, Index.

This is also really great too:
The Bayeux Tapestry Embroiderer's Story, also by Jan Messent ... age=search

A fascinating and colourful account of this historic tapestry.

Who were the embroiderers of the Bayeux Tapestry? What were their tools, their materials, and how could such a massive project have been designed and organised? These questions and many others have been avoided for so long due to a lack of hard facts, but in this book the author has drawn upon her own experience as an embroiderer and artist to piece together all the clues she could find in the tapestry itself. After extensive research, Jan Messent has compiled a fascinating and colourful account which will help to place this famous embroidery in a plausible context. This new study is essential reading for anyone wishing to know more about The Bayeux Tapestry Embroiderers.

Previously published as The Bayeux Tapestry Embroiderers' Story, ISBN 095163485

Book Contents: Introduction, Chapter 1: The Characters, Chapter 2: The Designer, Chapter 3: The Embroiderers, Chapter 4: The Materials, Chapter 5: The Technique, Chapter 6: Problems, Chapter 7: The Borders, The Finale: A Reconstruction, Book list & suppliers, Printed text

About The Author: Jan Messent qualified as a teacher in the mid-50s and, after teaching Art, History and English, became deeply involved with embroidery as an art form. As a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild, she taught embroidery design to its members, wrote and illustrated design books, and lectured worldwide. Her last embroidery book was about the Bayeux Tapestry. She became interested in the experimental use of knitting and crochet and hoped, by her books on the subject, to open up new dimensions in the creative use of yarn. Now, having retired from lecturing, Jan writes historical fiction full-time, embroidering as a side-line, reading, painting, and listening to good music.

Hope this helps,


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