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Medieval Embroidery for the Modern Era


A project of this size cannot be completed without help. I wish to thank the following people for their help and encouragement: First and foremost, my dear wife Lisa (Mistress Ceridwen ferch Rhys ap Michael in the SCA) for her Saint-like patience. Linda Woolley, Asst. Curator of the Textiles and Dress Department of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Leann Drury of the GO GRAPHICS Group. The staff of CompuServe's Living History (GO LIVING) Forum and Janet Cole who created the Internet's Medieval Embroidery Page for helping to spread my work to a global audience. The United States Air Force for giving me ten years in England. And finally to all the members of the electronic global village who have exchanged E-mail encouragement with me over the years. Thank you all.

Art Credits:

COVER:- Artwork by Anne Berdanier (Lady Cathryn of Chester in the SCA), based on Allesandro Paganino, Il Burato 1527. Woodcut, "Pricking and Pouncing". Scanned by THE WORDSMYTHE. Used with permission.

FIGURE 8 - Artwork redrawn from photo by Barbara Worden (Baroness Alexandra del Monte di Pieta in the SCA), scanned by THE WORDSMYTHE. Edited by author. Used with permission.

All other illustrations are by the author.

The Author

Timothy J. Mitchell has been pursuing embroidery as a hobby for over fifteen years, His specialty is medieval embroidery. He has a wife and two lovely children. As he is known in the Society for Creative Anachronism, Master Richard Wymarc (OPN, OM, OL) is an 11th century Norman lord living in Cambrigeshire, England. E-Mail comments are welcome.

Ordering Copies

This article was originally published as part of the COMPLEAT ANACHRONIST pamphlet series (Volume 86 / July 1996 issue). Copies can be ordered from:

The SCA Marketplace, P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789, USA.