Wednesday, 12 October 2011
A day of delights
Yesterday I was at the Oriental Museum, Durham with the Embroiderers Guild volunteers who help with conservation of the textiles there. We were cleaning, assessing and recording a box of full of interesting embroideries and I took some pics of my favourites for you to see here.
These details are from an embroidered collar and I was taken not just with the exquisite silk shading but also with the expressions on the characters faces.
The collar above has been damaged and is only a fragment but the embroidery is so fine and detailed I could look at it forever. You really need a magnifying glass to appreciate all the delicate detail.
The panel to the left is appliqued in silk but each figure and flower is padded, raising it from the background. I love its vibrant colours and the expressions on the ladies faces. Needless to say the stitching is perfect too.
I finished the day at Chris de Burgh's concert at the Sage, Gateshead. A fantastic evening with songs old and new and a great atmosphere.