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Course Description

Embroidery, the decoration of textiles or other materials with needle and thread, has been a part of human history for centuries. This art has been dated back to Cro-Magnon civilization with the discovery of decorated clothing and other garments. In this course, we will examine different embroidery techniques and functions, starting in Asia and the Middle East and then focusing on Europe and the British Isles. Examples of embroidery techniques to be discussed will include silk embroidery in China, items found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun, the Bayeux Tapestry, embroidered ecclesiastical garments, blackwork, opus anglicanum, and samplers. We will also talk about those who did the embroidery, the development of professional workshops and guilds, and the printing of pattern books.   Lecture (plus Questions)
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