Contemporary Hand Embroidery for Beginners
Inspired by the embroidery work in Bonnie Peterson’s exhibition Another Glorious Sierra Day, FAM Registrar Esther Patch created an introductory video on a few basic hand embroidery stitches for anyone who would wish to learn this ancient art form. As part of her Master’s program in Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, she had the opportunity to work with the Wemyss School of Needlework. It was at this historic establishment she first learned the joys of hand embroidery. Since then, it has become her favorite way to spend time, relax, and get creative.
Did you know?
Based on archaeological finds, the art of embroidery is said to date back to Cro-Magnon days. It is believed to have originated in China and the Middle East when people repaired torn or ripped clothing and discovered they could turn their repair into an embellishment for the clothing. Embroidery gained great popularity in the western world during Medieval times in Europe, and its appearance in clothing was often a sign of wealth. It has continued to evolve as an art form, appearing in both clothing and stand-alone artwork, into our current times.