The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Needlework

We are officially half of the way through our alphabetic tour of the decorative arts.  What better way to kick off the back half of the alphabet than with a great topic: needlework. The term needlework applies to handicraft that incorporates decorative sewing and textile arts.  Medieval needlework in the form of embroidery was often … Continue reading The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Needlework

Tuesdays are for Textiles: Antique Needlework Panels & Cushions

In 1770 the French designer Charles Germain de Saint-Aubin published a treatise on embroidery, L'Art du Brodeur, known in English as The Art of the Embroiderer.   As the Royal Embroiderer (Dessinateur du Roi pour la broderie et la entelle) to king Louis XV, Saint Aubin was responsible for crafting dresses, corsets, and festive costumes for the King … Continue reading Tuesdays are for Textiles: Antique Needlework Panels & Cushions