EGA Collection #270 consists of four crewel-embroidered bed hangings. Acquired by EGA in 1987, these panels were created in 17th century England. Each is about 87 inches tall and 40 inches wide and feature a variety of flora and fauna stitched in wool on twill fabric.
ALL FOUR PANELS, CURRENTLY HANGING AT EGA HEADQUARTERS IN LOUISVILLE.
ONE OF THE FOUR PANELS, TEEMING WITH A VARIETY OF FRUITS, FLOWERS, LEAVES AND ANIMALS.
Though it is not known for whom these pieces were created, it is believed they were created by professionals due to their size and design.
Jacobean Iron-on Transfer Patterns [Dover Publications, 1978] was written by EGA design consultant Linda Ormesson in 1978 and features many designs, all adapted from these hangings. The book also features a wonderful overview of the Jacobean style. It is no longer in print but is available from the EGA Lending Library and copies can also be found on the internet.
A RELATIVELY SMALL HORSE NEAR THE BASE OF ONE OF THE COLUMNS.
A CLOSE-UP OF SOME OF THE INTERESTING FILLING STITHES USED.
EVEN AFTER A FEW CENTURIES, THE BRIGHTLY COLORED WOOL IS STILL VIBRANT.
If these hangings are inspiring you to stitch, why not try Judy Jeroy’s Jacobean Crewel Embroidery Individual Correspondence Course? It’s a great way to acquaint yourself with this technique with the guidance of a wonderful teacher and expert.
A BUNCH OF GRAPES AND A POMEGRANATE TRAIL DOWN FROM THE TOP OF A COLUMN.
A FLOWER BUD BOASTING ANOTHER INTERESTING FILLING STITCH.