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Medieval Embroidery for the Modern Era

Pattern F: Part of a Stole or Maniple.

Place of origin:
Current location:
14th Century.
Cathedral of Halberstadt.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Dress and Textiles Department, Frame I-9, Cat. # 7016-1860.

Physical description:

This is by far the most garish of the items discussed here. The bright red, yellow and green do not go together well to the modern eye, or the Medieval one I suspect. It may be that some of the colors have faded to lighter shades over the years. In any case, anyone using this pattern might want to alter the colors a bit.

The original piece is approximately twelve inches long and two and one half inches wide, and according to the museum , is thought to be part of an item of religious apparel, possibly a stole. Attached to the end of the embroidered strip is a panel of stem stitch needlework decorated with tassels.

This item was worked using the doubled brick stitch described in the introduction to this section.


-Evenweave linen fabric, 32 threads per inch.
-Plied linen thread (White, DMC White).
-Colored silk floss (Yellow - DMC 725, Green - DMC 564, Blue - DMC 322, Red - DMC 347).

This is a scan of an example of the stitch.

Pattern Y004A
Y006A.JPG, 743k
Also available: Y006A.PDF, 227k
This is the embroidery pattern.

Scan of a color photo of the piece