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The Needlework of Mary Queen of Scots
First comprehensive study of Mary's needlework - heavily illustrated and in color.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Costume & Fashion Press/Quite Specific Media
(first published 1986)
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Jul 28, 2011 Deborah Ideiosepius omnivorous reader rated it liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of Historical fact, crafts
Recommended to Deborah by: mainlymedieval.com
The story of how I came to read this book is interesting; I was at the Abbey medieval festival, I was considering making my own costume for next year rather than wearing the Abbey costume for the whole weekend. If I was to make a costume I reasoned, I would like to embroider it. The only form of embroidery that I actually employ is the cross stitch. Thus, it seemed a good idea to find out how far back the cross-stitch is documented. One of the members of the embroidery guild suggested this book ...more
Feb 11, 2013 Julia rated it liked it · review of another edition
I think I acquired this at a needlework shop, but don't remember where or when. Fascinating discussion of Mary Queen of Scots and how needlework was part of her history and life. The book also shows how professional embroiders worked, how canvases were drawn. Mary's own work was fascinating contrasted with how she's usually portrayed. Mary is often seen as silly and impetuous and yet she managed to pick her designs with barbed double meanings that conveyed her frustrations while in captivity. Sh ...more
It's hard to look at the beautiful alter cloths, lace cuffs, tapestries, and needlepoint Mary Queen of Scots created and remember that while she was creating them, she was sitting in a drafty castle waiting for her cousin Elizabeth to kill her. I'd love to see an updated edition of this book with all-color illustrations. Black and white just doesn't cut it for such fascinating relics. There are weapons in museums that were used by men to change the course of history, but in these feminine artifa ...more