Saturday, November 15, 2008

German counted satin stitch box! Color photo!


So much for posting more Wienhausen images next.  I was going through my files and found something I had forgotten:

Here is another photo find.  It is a reliquary from the end of the 13th Century (Maasland?), 3.5cm high, 6cm diameter.  The image is from a book called Ferne Welten - Freie Stadt: Dortmund im Mittelalter (Distant Worlds - Free City:  Dortmund in the Middle Ages), ISBN-10:  3-89534-617-9, ISBN-13: 978-3-89534-617-0, published 2006.  I found this book in the library; it is catalog of many varied items and only a few textiles, one of which is this charming box.  It is counted satin stitch, in color, and has a turk's head tassel!  It must be fine stitching for such a small box!

The box top looks like part of a tapestry or something that was cut down to make the box lid, perhaps something that was partly damaged?  It is sad to think about how many wonderful examples of textile artistry are gone forever, yet how many more still exist but are not known to many?  I love finding and posting pics like this because I feel that the more people see them, the better.  

8 comments:

Tristán Z. said...

That's great! Thanks!

brooke said...

The *Maas* is a river in Germany, so the Maasland is the region around it.

Kathy Storm said...

Thank you for the information, I figured it was a place. I put the question mark in because that is how it was described in the book, meaning it is questionably from Maasland.

Racaire said...

Thank you for sharing - it is lovely!

Isis said...

The Mmaas runs trough France, Belgium and The Netherlands, not Germany. 'Maasland' generally means the north of Belgium and the South of the Netherlands.

K-Money said...

@Isis - Thank you for the further geographical information!

Laura Griffis said...

I think I may need to work on patterning this this week so I can make it! Thank you for sharing this photo!!

Kathy Storm said...

Laura,

This was the first pattern I made, you may find it here:

http://medievalartcraft.blogspot.com/2009/02/brick-stitch-pattern-1.html

-Kathy