A Critical History of Needlepainting and Berlin Work
Author: Rosika Desnoyers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
The little-known art of Berlin Work was once the most commonly practiced art form among European women. Pictorial Embroidery in England is the first academic study of both pictorial Berlin Work and its precursor, needlepainting, exploring their cultural status in the 18th and 19th centuries. From enlightenment practices of copying to the development of an industrial aesthetic and the making of the modern amateur, Berlin Work developed as an official knowledge associated with notions of cultural and scientific progress. However, with the advent of the Arts and Crafts movement and modernist aesthetics, Berlin Work was gradually demoted to a craft hobby. Delving into the social, cultural and economic context of English pictorial embroidery, Pictorial Embroidery in England recovers Berlin Work as an art form, and demonstrates how this overlooked practice was once at the centre of cultural life.
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Enjoy the inspiration of cross stitch projects that draw on Bible themes. Some echo the glory of cathedral stained glass and Old Masters; others draw upon Early American samplers used to teach children. Imaginative Christmas designs feature "The Road to Bethlehem, " "Mary and the Christ-Child, " and the Nativity. Other themes from the life of Christ include "Jesus and the Children" and "The Last Supper." Heavenly hosts of angels appear, as well as "A Family Tree, " "Little Red Church, " and "Noah's Ark." 32 patterns in all. 128 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 11.