Sunday, November 20, 2011

Reproduction Embroidered Medallions

Well I couldn't find any reproduction quilts with embroidered centers.
It's an OLD-OLD fashioned idea waiting to be revived.
So I'll show you a few more period embroidered centers, this one from dealer Cindy Rennels. It's signed "Sarah Simms 1814"

Like most of the other early embroidered quilts one would guess the
 dated center is older than the actual quilt.
See Cindy's website here:

This one is from the collection of Old Sturbridge Village (#26-23-218),
made in New Hampshire.
Here's the link to the piece (I brightened the photos up a bit in Photoshop) You can see the pictures in high resolution at their site.

There are several embroidered panels, one that says
"Nancy Newton, Born February 18, 1801"
Notice the variety in her filled work stitches.

It's not too late to start a new trend. If you aren't comfortable drawing your own embroidered design you will find many kits for sale.

Like this one on linen from Historic Deerfield in Massachusetts

If you want to learn about the stitches do a web search for crewel embroidery stitch or Jacobean embroidery stitch.
Here are two pages that offer help.



YankeeQuilter said...

Another good source of designs is Erica Wilson's "Crewel Embroidery."

Allison Ann Aller said...

Oh Lord, let me at this!!!!!

nancyadair said...

I love this idea!