|Schon newes Modelbuch 1608|
These one-to-one examples of how the patterns resulted in embroideries of the time or were interpreted by the Needle and Bobbin Club in the 20th century are highly interesting. The curators have this to say about the exhibition focus:
During the first quarter of the 16th century, the market for publications of textile patterns quickly expanded and the exchange of designs and ideas was established between Italy and the countries north of the Alps. The small booklets, each containing a few dozen pattern designs, were published on a regular basis, their publishers proudly advertising the novelty of the patterns they had collected from all over Europe. The books became highly influential sources that both instructed and inspired many in the arts of making embroideries, weavings, and lace, as can be seen in surviving costumes and textiles of the period. Although pattern books are now often perceived as mere auxiliary tools for those not clever enough to come up with their own designs, the illustrated title pages, introductions, and publishers’ notes in these prints and booklets suggest a function and appreciation that was far more complex. The wide reach of these publications meant they were easily adapted for educational purposes, instructing women and young textile makers in the art while simultaneously dispensing advice on proper conduct and a virtuous lifestyle.
|Devon in front of a pattern vs example |
set on the wall
|MET publication for exhibit|
Sometimes what is even more important is what is not in them. That is the case when thinking about English embroidery that may have been dominated by independent draftspersons and not pattern books for direct transfer. When you can't see what is in the books - you can't say anything definitive!
To top everything else - there is a publication!! How often can we say that these days! The MET Bulletin will be all about this in November and can be preordered. I am getting my copy in the mail and will be ordering an extra in case! $14.95.
I have to add a few images below to entice you to either visit the show or check out the images online. I just love this frontispiece. It says it all with the lady on the right consulting her pattern book while working on her collar.
There are many beautiful embroideries of the period out for display during this show as well so it is a double yum!! I will be there in December! Can't wait.
|New Modelbuch 1615|