The Johnston Collection

FABRICATING THE WORLD | ‘I HAVE PLY’D MY NEEDLE THESE FIFTY YEARS . . .’ Embroidery as technique and object, profession and pastime with Dr Susan Scolla

This lecture is presented on-site at TJC. Please see your ticket for details.

Panels, Lectures & Ideas

Event Details

Category

Panels, Lectures & Ideas

Event Starts

Jun 23, 2022

Event Ends

Jun 23, 2022

Venue

The Johnston Collection

Embroidery is a technique for decorating textiles by using a needle to apply a thread, or sometimes a wire, to a ground cloth. The designs that may be produced in a variety of stitches are sometimes embellished with beads, feathers or precious stones. It is an art that has been practiced throughout the world, by amateurs and professionals, since at least the fifth century BCE. The illustrated lecture surveys embroidery and its makers: historical masterpieces commissioned for cathedrals and palaces; embroidery as a domestic pursuit in polite Western society; and the expression of symbolism in patterns stitched for significant stages of the human life cycle in traditional societies still connected to ancient beliefs and superstitions.

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