JACOBEAN! A type of embroidery or a period in history?

November 19, 2017 2 Comments

Crewel Work Embroidery insprired by Jacobean designs

It’s a period in history, the term Jacobean relates to the English and Scottish history that coincides with the reign of James VI of Scotland (1567–1625), he also inherited the English crown in 1603 and became James 1st.

It’s the style, colours and themes of that period that we relate to as Jacobean, our trade links with India and China are largely behind the influence’s of these styles.

As for the embroidery we think of as Jacobean Crewel Embroidery, it’s beautiful and Moorish designs often included the tree of life, featuring, exotic animals, birds as well as mythical creatures.

These were worked not just in wool on a linen ground as we think of it, but in all kinds of cloth, coloured silks and cottons.

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December 11, 2017

I really enjoyed reading your blog, as it is very informative. Your designs are amazing, absolutely beautiful.

Sarah Hearn
Sarah Hearn

November 22, 2017

I love both the piece at the top with the squirrel and the blue piece at the end. Are these available on your site?

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