Pattern I: An Embroidered Pillow.
Place of origin:
Unknown (Westphalia? See below).
Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Reference Collection, Dress and Textiles Department, Cat. # 1324A-1864.
This piece is notable in that it is the only piece I have seen so far where there are two existing examples. The remnant of a pillow in the Victoria and Albert Museum appears to be of the same pattern and similar colors to a more complete pillow in the collection of the Schloss Charlottenburg Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin, Germany (Catalog # 88.663).
The Berlin pillow dates from the 14th or 15th century, and comes from the Westphalia region. It measures 11.5 inches by 16 inches approximately, and appears to be done in exactly the same pattern as the London example. As I have not yet had a chance to examine the Berlin pillow, I can not give a color chart for it.
The pillow in the Victoria and Albert Museum, measures 13 inches by 22 inches. Because of a moderate degree of fading, the following color chart is only for guidance, and does not indicate the original shades.
-Evenweave linen fabric, 28 threads per inch.
-Colored silk floss (White - DMC 746, Red - DMC 3721, Red - DMC 304, Green - DMC 320).
This is a scan of an example of the stitch.
Also available: Y010A.PDF, 158k
The embroidery pattern