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Stumpwork at Tatter Blue Library

Stumpwork or raised work is a style of embroidery in which stitched figures are raised from the surface of the work creating a three dimensional effect. This style of embroidery was first popular in 17th century England. Embroidery was part of the education of young women and Stumpwork was created by the more advanced students. Stumpwork stayed popular in the 19th and 20th century within embroiderers by being used to embellish women’s clothing or adorn objects in many creative ways.

In this workshop we will explore various Stumpwork methods to create elegant three-dimensional flowers and plants. These methods include appliqué techniques which employ traditional and unique Stumpwork stitches such as: needlelace, needle weaving, french knot, and satin stitch.