Author(s): Annette Collinge
The Embroiderers' Guild was founded in 1906 and has in its collection embroideries from all over the world. These wonderful works, which somehow survived through the ages, could be said to be one of the most important group of embroideries assembled in one place. Stitched pieces and fragments and were gathered together by early members of the Guild and inserted into portfolios that were circulated among members. Nature has always been a huge source of inspiration to embroiderers and this fantastic book showcases the Embroiderers' Guild's huge collection of embroidered flowers through the ages. Featuring full-colour photographs, items are shown in full and also with detail images to show off the flowers at their best. These wonderful embroidered treasures are as varied as wall hangings, children's dresses, bridal bags and samplers, some of which date back to the 17th century. The images are shown with extended captions. Collected from many different countries, this is an opportunity to see fabulous works that are very rarely seen in public.
Annette Collinge has had a lifelong interest in embroidery. She is a life member of The Embroiderers' Guild, has been a Branch Chairman, Regional Chairman and Trustee of the Guild, and she is currently the Collection Manager. She is a mixed media textile artist and is a member of the exhibiting group, Studio 21, a group of textile artists who bring together a creative and innovative mix of media and stitched textiles. Annette lives in Surrey, United Kingdom. http://www.studio21textileart.co.uk/
Provisional Chapter 1: Embroidery in Monochrome: Blackwork and Whitework 16th century blackwork motifs 20th century blackwork with metal thread cushion cover in brown thread Chikan embroidery from India Whitework sachet Machine-made monogram panel Mountmellick embroidery from Ireland Embroidery on evenweave backgrounds 17th century bead work panels Beaded evening bag, knitted Two small beaded bags, miser's purse Berlin Work tea cosy Pattern darning on net, daffodils Two small petit point bags 17th century canvas work fragment The fichu Pattern darning, cornucopia Samplers and Samples Sampler with boxers Lettering sampler RSN motif sampler Book of samples Nancy Kimmins roses sampler, RSN Mary Clarke crewel work tree of life Needle Laces 17th century coif panel The pea pod panel 17th century white work sampler Oyas from Greece White work needle lace cuff Set of little mats, reticella centres Applied Materials Ribbon work, Queen Mary's foot cover Fine ribbon work bag Felt work tea cosy Sunflower from the 1960's Felt work cornflower Purple flower from the 1960's Neale panel Shisha mirrors from India Violet Geary panel 18th century slips Embroidery with unusual materials Embroidery with Fish Scales Embroidery with Straw Embroidery on Tree Bark with Moose Hair Embroidery on Leather The 3 dimensional Bowl of Flowers Embroidery with Vegetable Bags Embroidery with Aerophane Copper Rose by Joan Hardingham The Use of Metal Thread Or Nue panel Idol's dress, Spain 2 x sleeve bands, China Stomacher Costume fragments from India Flower from Portugal Pink cover from India Queen Mary's Dress Panel Stitches and More Stitches Chenille Thread Embroidery Kay Dennis Clematis, 3 dimensional embroidery Shadow work mats French Knots Panel Perkin Knots from China Berlin Work, Plush Stitch Rococco Stitch Silk and Wool Silk Embroidery from Japan Blue silk Embroidery from China Winsome Douglass Hanging Wool Pocket from Norway Beryl Dean Delphiniums Silk Apron from China Chinai Work, Chinese Immigrant work from India 17th century cushion cover, green silk Made by Machine Sunflowers by Joy Clucas Tea Cosy by Dorothy Benson White Tulips by Audrey Walker Dog Roses by Richard Box Handkerchief from Switzerland Tambour Embroidery from India Regular Designs 19th Century red flowers, Turkey Rachel Evans mats Joan Drew handkerchief sachet 12 x motifs panel, Greece Stole from India Yellow thread cloth from India Eveline Quainton's cushion cover M. Harris table cloth Irregular Designs 18th century pocket Buttercups panel Framed Elsie Grimes Tea Cosy Floral Panel from a Transfer Design Floral bag, black drawstring Cheltenham Ladies College School work panel Flowers from Greece