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Three Dutch needlework booklets, long promised and awaited, illustrating the traditional needlework techniques. With these three, the series of seven is complete; the plates belonging to these manuals was published first. These three have been delayed a a bit because of pages stuck together while scanning – and when we found that there were scans missing, the books had to be dug up from halfway through a stack 3 meters high – and we didn’t know which stack 🙂
But, lost and found and the missing pages scanned, here are
E-WM002 Maria van Hemert – 2. Witwerk en Sneewerk
All about types of whitework and cutwork embroideries at the time of publication still done in some parts of the Netherlands.
E-WM003 Maria van Hemert – 3. Tapisseriewerk
About woolwork and tapisserie
E-WM004 Maria van Hemert – 5. Vrij borduurwerk.
About freehand embroidery (of traditional patterns, of course)
This hefty volume had been transferred to the Rijksmuseum to be scanned, because even our large scanner couldn’t possibly handle this. Fortunately they managed to do it without us having to cut-and-paste images. And to think that most of these decorations were so high up that nearly nobody would ever see them in detail!
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