Embroidery

I edit Wikipedia because I like improving the world's knowledge about things I'm interested in. I'm also a Pinterest user, since I enjoy learning about art here (printmaking, ceramics, textiles, and more). I made this board from Wikipedia's wealth of embroidery images in the public domain, since I like decorative arts, the history of domestic work, and free culture. These are a few samples from the history of needlework around the world.
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Dandelion motif on a man's suit from Europe, circa 1800. The suit is made of silk cut and voided velvet on plain-weave foundation with supplementary weft-float patterning and silk embroidery.

Dandelion motif on a man's suit from Europe, circa 1800. The suit is made of silk cut and voided velvet on plain-weave foundation with supplementary weft-float patterning and silk embroidery.

Linen towel with drawn thread work accented with embroidery in stem and satin stitch.

Linen towel with drawn thread work accented with embroidery in stem and satin stitch.

Textile hanging with crane among lotus plants. Korean, Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), 18th century. Silk embroidery and applied gold leaf on silk satin.

Textile hanging with crane among lotus plants. Korean, Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), 18th century. Silk embroidery and applied gold leaf on silk satin.

Huron quillwork moccasin. Quillwork is a form of textile embellishment traditionally practiced by Native Americans that employs the quills of porcupines as an aesthetic element.

Huron quillwork moccasin. Quillwork is a form of textile embellishment traditionally practiced by Native Americans that employs the quills of porcupines as an aesthetic element.

Lotus motif from a nakshi kantha, which is a type of embroidered quilt that is a centuries-old Bengali art tradition in Bangladesh: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakshi_kantha

Lotus motif from a nakshi kantha, which is a type of embroidered quilt that is a centuries-old Bengali art tradition in Bangladesh: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakshi_kantha

A mandarin square (rank badge) of a sixth rank civil servant, from the Qing Dynasty in the second half of the 19th century. Embroidery on silk, depicting an egret standing on a rock among waves.

A mandarin square (rank badge) of a sixth rank civil servant, from the Qing Dynasty in the second half of the 19th century. Embroidery on silk, depicting an egret standing on a rock among waves.

Embroidery in crewel wools on blue linen, circa 1740. This is from the Georgian era of English embroidery: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_embroidery#Georgian - which often featured Tree of Life patterns influenced by earlier crewelwork.

Embroidery in crewel wools on blue linen, circa 1740. This is from the Georgian era of English embroidery: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_embroidery#Georgian - which often featured Tree of Life patterns influenced by earlier crewelwork.

Woman's purse c. 1840. Cotton canvas with wool needlepoint, silk-braided cord, and silk chenille tassels, Europe. This is a style called Berlin wool work, based on printed patterns that were a predecessor to modern cross-stitch patterns.

Woman's purse c. 1840. Cotton canvas with wool needlepoint, silk-braided cord, and silk chenille tassels, Europe. This is a style called Berlin wool work, based on printed patterns that were a predecessor to modern cross-stitch patterns.

A woman's petticoat from Portugal, circa 1760. Made of silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk, with metallic bobbin lace (orris) along the bottom. See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arras_lace

A woman's petticoat from Portugal, circa 1760. Made of silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk, with metallic bobbin lace (orris) along the bottom. See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arras_lace

Embroidery design by Thomas Crane, from the book Art Embroidery by Mary S. Lockwood and Elizabeth Glaister (1878). "Design for square footstool or cushion -- strawberry blossom and leaves...this design is adapted to its purpose by looking equally well in any position, it being impossible to be placed upside down." More of his designs: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Thomas_Crane_(1843%E2%80%931903) - and more about him…

Embroidery design by Thomas Crane, from the book Art Embroidery by Mary S. Lockwood and Elizabeth Glaister (1878). "Design for square footstool or cushion -- strawberry blossom and leaves...this design is adapted to its purpose by looking equally well in any position, it being impossible to be placed upside down." More of his designs: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Thomas_Crane_(1843%E2%80%931903) - and more about him…

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