April 25, 2018

We are going to stick up for “raised” embroidery.  Not that it needs sticking up for; it is a very popular and well appreciated form of needlework with many extraordinary people teaching raised, padded, and wire-form embroidery.  But here we go…

Raised work became...

April 18, 2018

In the early modern period, this little flower was known as a pansy, johnny jump up, three faces under a hood, a pink of my john, or my favorite: Tickle my Fancy.  But, most commonly and descriptively, it was called a “heart’s ease.”

This little flower comes in a variet...

April 10, 2018

These joyous spring flowers are a lovely inspiration for needlework.

This 16th century “daffydown-dilly” is worked in detached buttonhole.

Also called narcissus or daffodilly, the word “daffodil” is a variant of a Middle English word “asphodel.”  Shakespeare writes “daff...

April 6, 2018

Color is tricky to classify. What is teal?  Is it green-blue or blue-green? Brick red is “red” but how far into the yellow range is it?

When you’re researching needlework color can be the hardest thing to capture.  Sure, you’re going to take a ton of photos but the ligh...

April 2, 2018

Borage is a sweet little flower or, depending on your feelings, weed.  I’ve got a ton of them in my garden because they propagate themselves so easily.  The flowers are edible and my dog loves them. And the Elizabethans embroidered them all over the place.

As we ex...

March 20, 2018

The term “work” was, historically, the short-hand version of “needlework.”  You’ll see diary entries from 17th century women saying they were “at their work in the morning.”  When you read Jane Austen, she peppers very passing references throughout her novels to “work....

March 15, 2018

Why do we visit pieces and study them in person?  Especially nowadays, many collections are being photographed in high resolution and posted on websites.  Museums want to share their pieces with the world and many have a mission to encourage viewing their items.  But t...

March 13, 2018

Presented by the Embroiderer's Guild of America (Valley Quail Chapter) we are excited to announce our upcoming lecture based on our research at the MFA, Boston.  This museum is renown for it's world-class collection of textiles and is especially exciting for embroidere...

October 20, 2017

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Relics is happy to announce a new class taking place on Wednesday, November 14, 2017.

This charming little pumpkin is created with both unique silk-wrapped gold threads and pearl purl.  This project utilizes classic goldwork techniques suc...

August 30, 2017

Relics in Situ is happy to announce the publication of it's latest article, A Book by it's Cover: Embroidery Fit for a Prince, published in the September/October 2017 Issue of Harvard Magazine.

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