Opus Anglicanum


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Opus Anglicanum by Tanya Bentham is a beautifully presented 208 page soft cover book on this historical form of English Goldwork embroidery.  Literally translated, Opus Anglicanum is English Work and this technique was the height of English embroidery in the 12th to 15th Centuries and traded across Europe.  Pieces showing this technique are held in collections across the world, including in the Vatican collection.

This book:

‘-  explains the two key stitches – split stitch and underside couching,
– Introduces new techniques through fourteen projects that progress in difficulty
– Advises on shading, adding details and authentic use of colour
– Gives in-depth instruction on stitching faces, hair and hands, as well as wings, animals and landscaping
– Includes detailed reproductions of original pieces, as well as some with a contemporary twist
– Explains how to make embroidery into an almoner’s purse with tassels, and how to mount the work onto as a slip
– Over 600 photos details set-by-step sequences and designs

Tanya Bentham is a well-respected tutor, demonstrator and embroiderer, who specializes in medieval needlework.’

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Issue 1, Issue 2, Issue 3, Issue 4