DETAIL FROM A STUMPWORK PIECE BY MURIEL BAKER

 

Raised work, commonly called stumpwork today, reached its peak of popularity among the noble ladies of 17th century England. In addition to pieces for the wall, this three-dimensional embroidery was used to adorn mirrors and caskets (household boxes.)

These stumpwork pieces from the EGA Collection were both stitched by Muriel Baker. The piece below, designed with colonial American motifs in honor of the US Bicentennial, was featured on the cover of Baker’s book Stumpwork: The Art of Raised Embroidery (1978, Charles Scribner’s Sons.)

 

STUMPWORK PICTURE BY MURIEL BAKER, EGA COLLECTION #00546 YOU CAN SEE A VARIETY OF FILLING STITCHES USED TO EXECUTE THIS TREE, AS SEEN IN THE UPPER LEFT CORNER OF THE PIECE ABOVE.

 

The design for this scene is also featured in Stumpwork, so you can create your very own.

 

 

EGA COLLECTION #00547

 

If you want to try your hand at stumpwork, check out Wild Cornish Fuchsia, a free project from Moira Knagg available on the EGA website.

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