#thefallsloves – Samplers & Cross Stitch

mostly perceived as a craft and hobby nowadays, i love cross stitch in all of its permutations. 

“covered bridge” & “red barn in winter” found in a junk shop recently was probably made from an embroidery kit. perhaps mid to later 20th c.


the v&a museum in london has this article pictured here are from 18c and 16c. a fascinating rabbit hole worth diving into. 

 sampler, jane bostocke, 1598, england. museum no. t.190-1960. © victoria and albert museum, london  i believe this sampler has “black work” as well as cross stitch and many other techniques.

the falls loves - elaine reichek who utilizes needlework as her medium currently on view at the whitney museum “making knowing: craft in art 1950-2019”

cross stitch has been around since people started embroidery, which has been around since fabric has been woven. – read more on the lord libidan blog which shows a timeline here.

which is where i stumbled across this piece by pow  major alexis castagli, who made this cross stitch during his imprisonment in ww2, the piece was then displayed by the germans as a token of obedience, but major alexis had embroidered in morse code around the border – “god save the king” and “fuck hitler”  article about it in the guardian here

and lastly a peek at a project i am working on. stay tuned. 

until next time


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