Exhibition of Litany of Loreto Embroideries at Hampton Court in London

by David Clayton on October 1, 2013

Anne Gomes, a reader of this blog brought to my attention an exhibition put on by the Royal College of Needlework of fine turn of the century embroidery of vestments which is taking place at Hampton Court and runs through to December. She tells me that ‘the set of 12 is on display right now. They look to me to be turn of 20th century in Art Nouveau style. Using a very limited color palette (very baroque!), they are hand embroidered on silk in silk and gold threads. No one is sure of the makers but at one time they belonged to the Convent of the Holy Child which gave them to the Royal College of Needlework when it closed.’ Those interested in reading more can follow the link here. I am no expert in the technique of embroidery but looking at the photographs my reaction is that the quality of work on display looks very high. Certainly quality of draughtsmanship is in the design is high.


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Karen Anderson October 3, 2013 at 10:38 am

Hello David,
Thanks for posting this. The embroideries are as you suspected, very high quality. I have done a little bit of this type of embroidery in a class with Tanja Berlin, who studied at the RSN. If any of your readers are interested, She sometimes teaches in the states and I believe also has virtual classes online in goldwork and other kinds of embroidery (used for liturgical vestments.) Her designs are not religious, but the techniques are the same. She also sells supplies.


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