Embroidery, Etiquette, Side Projects, and More — moths and butterflies
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.
Moths are dull and boring and come out at night, right? The Scarlet Tiger moth subject we're currently stitching turns those notions on their heads.
Wallachian work - or Romanian embroidery, if you prefer - is a colorful style packed with history and symbolism.