Arguably the most beautiful but hardest to master was stumpwork
, raised, or "embosted" embroidery, a highly sophisticated threedimensional technique, probably derived from "stampwork" in which the embroidery was worked over a pre-drawn and padded outline on backing material, usually satin.
0335; Throw pillows: Nancy Corzine fabric; lumbar pillow on the settee: Becky Vizard antique stumpwork
on blue velvet; painting: Sharon Richardson horn Brown's Fine Art, 630 Fondren PL, Jackson, 601.
The speaker was Mrs Christine Rolls who spoke about Stumpwork
Her needlework skills have also earned her a scholarship from the SWRI to be trained in stumpwork
, a style of embroidery, which she will then teach to others.
These include beadwork, goldwork - a fairly uncommon skill now mostly used for high-quality church vestments and art embroidery - and stumpwork
, raised embroidery drawn from vivid designs of 17thcentury needlework.
A 17th century beadwork looks as fresh as the day made, unlike embroidery stumpwork
which has faded over the years.
The most valuable item is a mid-17th century embroidered stumpwork
panel depicting The Judgement of Paris.
Needlework and stumpwork
, which often forms part of a casket or other object, can be more expensive than tapestry.
Margaret Gamble will be leading the Stumpwork
, Raised Work and 3D workshop.
The master bedroom is a soothing escape with a custom-upholstered headboard and washable silk bedding from Ray's Fine Linens accented with Fortuny and antique stumpwork
pillows from B.
The earliest implements available date from the 17th century, mainly consisting of the quite heavy silver needlework tools used to create the padded embroideries known as stumpwork
A rare 17th-century section of stumpwork
- a type of three-dimensional embroidery - can be seen in the ground floor exhibition room, while upstairs a sample of 21st century stumpwork
, created by a guild member, is on show.