- It's a Wrap!
- Thank You All
- Block Printing and its impact on textile and book arts
- Moroccan Epilogue
- The High Atlas Mountains in Morocco
- From Ouarzazate to Taroudant, and a GPS Fail
- A race, a fortress, and the Atlas Film Studios
- Kasbah Ait Ben Moro and a Berber carpet shop
- To Tinghir and Tomboctou
- Into the Red Dunes
- Monkeys, a White Horse, and a Kasbah
- Fez Day 2 - a tile factory, a cemetery and a souk.
- Fez - Volubilis and broken things ...
- My Morocco Tour - Casablanca to Rabat
- Welcome to Casablanca!
- Morocco At Last
- Pro-bono projects - and Morocco!
- Making a Tibetan Maikhan
- The Stitchery Series Part V - Applique and Other Decoration
- The Stitchery Series Part IV - Symbolism in Chinese Embroidery
- The Stitchery Series Part III - Embroidery Stitches
- The Stitchery Series Part II – Tools and Techniques
- The Stitchery Series Part I - History and Fibers
- Andalucia 2012 - Granada's Albayzin District
- Andalucia 2012 - Granada and the Alhambra
- Andalucia 2012 - The Alcazar and Surrounds
- Andalucia 2012 - The Jewish Quarter
- Andalucia 2012 - Cordoba and the Mezquita
- Andalucia 2012 - Toledo
- Names from the Secret History of the Mongols
- Reconstructing an Ulan Baator Boot
This is the last in this series, which has focused on (mostly) Chinese embroidery as a surface embellishment. This segment will cover a few other forms of surface decoration that can be combined with embroidery to bring new color, texture and uniqueness to your own textile projects and wearable art pieces.
Every symbol in Chinese textiles had significance and evolved from several philosophies and concepts. The Chinese enjoy puns and plays on words, and often designs were used if their verbal sound or written character was similar to a quality or virtue. Hence, because the words for bat and happiness sound similar, the bat became the symbol for happiness.The invention of the draw loom and the development of jacquards and brocades allowed patterns to be woven into the cloth. Common patterns included checks, diamonds, zig-zags, coins, clouds, dragons, lions, horses, flowers, birds and fish. Brocades were often over-embroidered to augment the woven patterns (a technique I now employ on my hats…)
Textiles from Han Dynasty tombs in China show that the embroidery used during this time period incorporated Satin Stitch, Stem Stitch, Peking Knot, Chain Stitch and Couching.
Embroidery - to decorate the surface of a cloth with thread or yarn - is a process that dates back to very ancient times.
The Bayeux Tapestry, shown here, is not actually a tapestry! It is however, one of the most recognizable embroideries in Europe, depicting the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings and conquest of England in 1066 by William, Duke of Normandy, known as William the Conqueror. The work measures about 230 feet long, and consists of several panels of linen, worked with a variety of stitches in wool threads...
This series of blog notes will start with a brief and decidedly Chinese-centric historical overview, and then delve into materials and technique. I will try to demonstrate how embroidery can be combined with other techniques to bring new color and texture to your own textile projects.
Reconstructing the Ulan Baator Boot
Several years ago, a friend and I stumbled across these boots in a military antiques shop in Seattle (now closed). We recognized them as traditional Mongolian footwear, and were informed by the shopkeeper that they are still manufactured in Ulan Baator for the military.