Encyclopedia of Embroidery Series update

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Preparations for Vol. 8 of the Encyclopedia of Embroidery series, covering the Antarctic, are already well advanced. Martin Hense, the draughtsman for the full series, just completed the first illustration.

Preparations for Vol. 8 of the Encyclopedia of Embroidery series, covering the Antarctic, are already well advanced. Martin Hense, the draughtsman for the full series, just completed the first illustration.

During the last few months the Encyclopedia of World Embroidery series (Bloomsbury Publishing, London), has been gaining momentum. The first volume on embroidery from the Arab World came out in 2016 (see here) and to everyone’s pleasure won the prestigious international award, the Dartmouth Medal.

Since then we have been working hard on volume 2, which is about embroidery from Central Asia, the Iranian Plateau and the Indian subcontinent (see here). The manuscript for this volume has gone to Bloomsbury and the book should appear by the end of 2019. For the Bloomsbury announcement, click here. Once again many people have been helping with advice, suggestions and with providing actual examples of embroidery.

For the next few years, we are planning the following volumes: 3 – Scandinavia and Western Europe; 4 – East and Southeast Asia; 5 – Eastern Europe and Russia; 6- Sub-Saharan Africa; 7- The Americas. 

 

Panel with red, green, and yellow floss silk embroidery, Afghanistan/Pakistan, mid-20th century (TRC 2016.1771).

Panel with red, green, and yellow floss silk embroidery, Afghanistan/Pakistan, mid-20th century (TRC 2016.1771).

Offers of help have come from various museums, curators, scholars and individuals and although it will be some time before all the volumes are finished, the wait will be worthwhile!

We are always on the look out for books, articles and of course, actual examples of suitable embroidery. If you have anything you are willing to donate, or if you are willing to provide financial help with this amazing project, please let us know at Dit e-mailadres is beschermd tegen spambots. U heeft Javascript nodig om het te kunnen zien.

Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, Saturday 7th July 2018

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