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Medieval Embroidery for the Modern Era

Pattern G: A Banded Fragment.

Place of origin:
Current location:
14th Century.
Cathedral of Halberstadt.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Dress and Textiles Department, Frame I-8, Cat. # 7071-1860.

Physical description:

This is another unusual example of this German brick stitch. The geometric motifs are laid out in a zigzag pattern and the background of the piece is set apart by using a shorter stitch to fill it in. Every other motif is the same color as the background, with only the different texture of the longer stitches setting it off. What this band originally decorated is unknown. From its size, thirteen inches high and three and one half inches wide, it is not really the size for a stole or a bag. Note that at a fabric count of 72 threads per inch, this is the finest piece of this embroidery I've studied so far.


-Evenweave linen fabric, 72 threads per inch.
-Colored silk floss (White - DMC White, Gold - DMC 3045, Tan - DMC 842, Blue - DMC 827).

This is a scan of an example of the stitch.

Pattern Y004A
Y007A.JPG, 900k
Also available: Y007A.PDF, 258k
This is the embroidery pattern.

A scan of a photo of the original