Embroidery, Etiquette, Side Projects, and More — embroidery butterfly
Stumpwork is a form of embroidery that was very popular in the Elizabethan period in England. We're starting a project that will push stumpwork to its limits with a rainbow of shades and no fabric to anchor to.
A look at some of the iconic stitches used in Deerfield embroidery, how they're made and why they were chosen.
Our next butterfly in the Butterflies of the World series doesn’t come from an exotic locale – instead it hails from the sleepy little town of Deerfield, Massachusetts, about an hour away from our studio. Deerfield embroidery is a strange mix – at once severe and exuberant, sturdily made and a little whimsical, just like the women who developed Deerfield embroidery. Picking though the influences in it is a study in local history itself.
Our Wallachian work butterfly is finally complete! From initial research to color matching, tracing, and stitching, this project has been a notable addition to our Butterflies of the World series.
Butterflies are common around the world - from the little fritillaries of the high Arctic to painted ladies crossing the Sahara. As remarkable as these delicate but resilient creatures are, it's no surprise that they've featured in a small but prominent way in many different cultures.