Stitching the Trevelyon
4 day workshop
Explore the world of a 16th needle worker through the lens of the Thomas Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608. This landmark manuscript, a treasure in the Folger Shakespeare Library’s rare books collection, chronicles everyday life at the end of the Elizabethan era and has over 75 patterns explicitly created for embroidery. We will read diaries, wills, letters and inventories of the period to gain insight into the importance of needlework. The student will ply her needle to bring the Trevelyon patterns to life with historically accurate embroidery techniques, colors, and materials in four different styles (blackwork, whitework, silk and metal thread, and crewelwork).
Morning lectures will focus on historical context through primary sources including images of extant embroideries, followed by afternoon instruction in technique.