Saturday, 12 June 2010
I am very interested in the versatility of the counted thread pattern which is the input for needlework, knitting, filet-crochet, weaving and even marquetry in the form of Tunbridgeware. I often see work that has glid on the magic counted thread pattern carpet from one craft form to another - from cross-stitch to knitting; from filet crochet to cross stitch and so on. Here you can see a counted pattern illustrating the input for a traditionally handmade French carpet. (The concept is well illustrated but I think the carpet maker might have a job to interpret all that detail on this grid!) The illustration comes from my Diderot's Encyclopaedia of Trades and Industry which was originally published in 1763.
Here you can see the full page from which the extract was taken. I really love this book as it gives me the opportunity to eavesdrop on people at their work in the mid 1700s.
I thought you might like to see a close of the woman at work - around her neck she is wearing a candle to illuminate her work.
Posted by N E E D L E P R I N T at 17:00