Sku : 46600

Stuart Silk Purl Flower Kit


During the 1600's, textiles and decorative arts of the Far East influenced the English floral design aesthetic. This is reflected in a more fantastical shape to flowers seen on embroidered cushions, covers, and pictures. Often these fantasy flowers were embroidered with an equally fantastic thread: silk covered purl.

This 3” x 4” project includes a fantasy flower filled in with silk-covered purl, using three different ways to apply silk purl. The flower and its leaves are outlined in 1½ gilt twist, a heavy gold thread, and the surrounding space is sprinkled with gilt spangles.

• Made in the USA.

• Skill level: Intermediate.

This kit accompanies "Embroidery: The Thread of History" A Winterthur Conference, October 19–20, 2018.

Whether made for pleasure and enjoyment or learned as a skill to earn a living, embroidery has served as a type of historical record with the delicately stitched “documents” chronicling the past and present for the future. Join Winterthur staff, visiting scholars, designers, and fellow “textilians” for lectures and hands-on workshops as we consider needlework as historian.

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