Category Archives: Embroidery around the world

Castelo Branco Sampler

Y’all, Méri sent me a wonderful little sample of Castelo Branco embroidery, from the gift shop of Francisco Tavares de Proença Júnior Museum in Castelo Branco, Portugal. Isn’t it beautiful? Imagine an entire bedspread worked like this! Did you know that it’s … Continue reading

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Circular pateh embroidery motif

I posted about Iranian pateh embroidery twice before (Cypress tree in Iranian embroidery, Iranian pateh embroidery), but there is one more example in Dr. Shirazi’s collection. It’s a great example of a simple overall design that looks very intricate because … Continue reading

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More Palestinian Cross-stitch

Here is another Palestinian cross stitch piece from Dr. Shirazi’s collection. I absolutely love the warm colors and the geometric motifs. The stitches are tiny and careful. The stitcher used the variegated thread to great effect. A lot of these … Continue reading

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One Hundred Birds: Part 3

Here is the final installment of photos of the “One Hundred Birds Adore the Phoenix” embroidery (see Part 1, Part 2). Plus I want to tell you a little more about Chinese embroidery. To follow up on the translation of … Continue reading

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One Hundred Birds: Part 2

I know you’ve been waiting anxiously for another round of pictures (see Part 1). So here they are! I also asked my dad to find out what the Chinese characters (百鸟朝凰) at the top say (he’s been learning Chinese for … Continue reading

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One Hundred Birds: Part 1

I have something truly amazing to show y’all today. My wonderful wonderful aunt gave me this embroidery souvenir, bought in Singapore in the 1980s. Sorry about the reflections in the glass – couldn’t get a photo without them. It’s all … Continue reading

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Book review: Palestinian Embroidery Motifs

I found a wonderful cross-stitch book, “Palestinian Embroidery Motifs: A treasury of stitches 1850-1950, ” by Margarita Skinner and Widad Kamel Kawar. Melisende Publishing, London and Rimal Publications, Nicosia, 2007. ISBN 978-1-901764-47-5. It has over 150 pages of charts and … Continue reading

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Embroidery of Kashmir III

Here is another embroidered shawl from Kashmir from Dr. Shirazi’s collection. This one is for a man – unlike the shawl I showed before (Embroidery of Kashmir I, Embroidery of Kashmir II), it has no central motif. The border is … Continue reading

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Egyptian Cross-Stitch

Something exciting came in the mail yesterday! My friend moved to Egypt in July, and has been having all kinds of adventures in Cairo. She knows about my blog, so she sent me a present! The tag says it’s from … Continue reading

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Iranian Pateh Embroidery

Today I present another example of pateh embroidery from Dr. Shirazi’s collection. I believe pateh is from the Kerman province of Iran. Here are some details of the stitching. I love the way the background fabric is allowed to show … Continue reading

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