Counted Embroidery Patterns from Before 1600
by Ianthe d'Averoignen the tradition of antique embroidery pattern books, author Ianthe d'Averoigne has collected nearly 200 of the most beautiful Medieval counted embroidery patterns directly from their original sources. These patterns are painstakingly reproduced in 8-1/2" x 11" format with descriptions and source references on the facing pages. These samples show the quality and beauty of the patterns included.
The book also contains nearly 50 pages of historical details to help in recreating these patterns as they were originally rendered in the Middle Ages. She explains the types of ground fabric and embroidery threads and colors used, with suggestions for modern substitutes to produce the most authentic results. Ten pages are devoted to period stitching styles with diagrams. The bibliographies include 31 citations of period works and over 40 annotated citations of modern references. There are three indexes, organizing the patterns by name, date of origin, and country of origin.
Kim Salazar, writing as Ianthe d'Averoigne, is a recognized authority on embroidery in the Washington, D.C.-area historical embroidery community. She has won several awards for her needlework, including the Nellie Custis Lewis Prize in the prestigious Woodlawn Plantation Needlework Exhibition. She is a long-time member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international Medieval re-creation organization, and has earned its highest honor for technical merit, the Order of the Laurel. Several of her award-winning patterns are included in the book.
Paper, 8-1/2" x 11", 205pp, illustrated, indexed. $24.95US