Jacobean Embroidery Leaf Design

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February is National Embroidery Month and to celebrate I wanted to share this wonderful Jacobean Embroidery design from a 1913 book of plates.

Jacobean Embroidery Design - Vintage Crafts and More

What is Jacobean Embroidery?

Jacobean embroidery is actually a style of embroidery rather than a technique. Many of the colorful and ornate designs feature animals, birds and plants. The embroidery style got it’s name from James I of England which in Latin is Jacobus because during his reign in the 17th century this type of decor was very popular.

Jacobean Embroidery Clothing

By William Larkin – Public Domain

 

Just think of the beautifully embroidered clothing of men and women in the 1600s, like this embroidered gown dated between 1614 and 1618.

Some of the stitches you’d use to embroidery a Jacobean design are the buttonhole, chain, stem, herringbone and a couched stitch where one stitch is tied down with another.

Another similar embroidery type is Crewel Work which uses some of the same stitches and wool thread.  Jacobean embroidery differs in that it isn’t confined to using only wool but can use many types of threads.

 

 

 

The British colonists brought this style of embroidery to America where it continued to grow for years.

In the 1890’s the Deerfield embroidery movement helped revive art needlework and the Jacobean style.

This blue on white embroidery work was introduced by Margaret Whiting and Ellen Miller who promoted it through the Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework. It’s associated with the town of Deerfield, Massachusetts.

PDF file of the design

The PDF file below includes a paragraph explaining the different colors and stitches used to fill in the design.

Jacobean Embroidery Leaf Design

Since the pattern is in PDF format you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer to read it. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

 

Link to the book of Jacobean Embroidery designs

If you’d like to see the book this design came from in it’s entirety, Jacobean Embroidery: It’s Forms and Fillings it’s available on Project Gutenberg as a free eBook. It’s a wonderful resource to use for Jacobean embroidery designs.

 

For more on Jacobean Embroidery

I enjoyed this article on Mary Corbet’s Needle ‘n Thread site. She also has used this design and goes into more detail about Jacobean Embroidery being a style rather than a technique.

Also I picked out some books on Jacobean and Deerfield Embroidery. The prices shown seem to be the most expensive. There are usually more than one available so when you click on it you’ll find there are cheaper versions of the book:


 

Need a refresher on embroidery stitches?

These two pages of descriptions and illustrations of embroidery stitches will help.

Vintage Crafts and More Embroidery Stitches How ToVintage Crafts and More Embroidery Stitches How To 2If you like this page, be sure to share it with your friends and like our Facebook Fanpage so you can get updates every time we post new patterns.

Enjoy!

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Belding Silks Embroidery Patterns Wild Rose, Violet, Pansy and Sweet Pea Plates, Details and Instructions

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

Belding Silks Pansy Embroidery Pattern Color Plate - Vintage Crafts and More

I’m sharing several pretty floral embroidery patterns today from a Belding Silks early 1900’s pattern book.

Belding silks, or any silk threads, were and still are popular for use in hand embroidery for it’s strength and attractive sheen. Eventually replaced by nylon, the biggest boom in popularity was 1905 to 1920.

This West Michigan TV News Station wrote an interesting article on the Belding Silk Mills and how they were known worldwide for their silk.

You’ll see the color plate of the pansy above. Below is the illustration of the details.

Belding Silks Pansy Embroidery Pattern Detail - Vintage Crafts and More

And then the instructions. All three, the color plate, details and instructions, are included in the 3 page PDF file for the Wild Rose, Violet, Pansy and Sweet Pea.

Belding Silks Pansy Embroidery Pattern Instructions - Vintage Crafts and More

Vintage Belding silks can still be found here and there on the internet. If you can’t find any antique thread, maybe this High Quality Silk Rayon would work well.

There are also some beautiful 100% pure silk ribbons for embroidery as well. I have several books on ribbon embroidery. I’ll see what I can find to share with you in the future.

Here is the PDF file to download for later:

Belding Silks Embroidery Patterns Wild Rose, Violet, Pansy and Sweet Pea Color Plates, Details and Instructions

The patterns are in PDF format so to download the file you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here. There are also free Adobe Reader Apps for mobile devices.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

If you like this page, be sure to share it with your friends and like our Facebook Fanpage so you can get updates every time we post new patterns.

Enjoy!


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