Roughly four years ago I was invited to give a talk on historical styles of counted embroidery at an embroidery Schola (day of lectures and workshops), held under the auspices of a regional group of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
I put together some talking points and visuals and gave the chat. I think the audience was a bit overwhelmed, though because I didn’t get many questions or much feedback.
Today I was going through some old files and came upon my talk’s slide deck. I share it here now. Note that some things have come to light since I spoke in 2014. Most obvious among that is the reclassification of several patterns by the holding institutions, moving them from uncertain provenance or continental/southern European 16th/17th century provenance to their proper place in Morocco. I’ve written about this group before, but they are represented in the talk, in their “before” incarnation.
In any case, here are the images from my talk. It’s long (no one ever accused me of being concise when it comes to discourse on my fave subject). Therefore, I’ll break the thing up into roughly six parts over the coming days.