Lacing a (Slate) Frame

Voided Work
Pattern Darning

Canvaswork - tent
Bargello Pattern Page
Brick Stitch

Pulled Thread (pdf)
Reticella (pdf)
Finishing Edge Stitches (pdf)

Goldwork Basics
Metal Thread couching (pdf)
Braid Stitches (pdf)

Surface Embroidery
Shading (pdf)
Elizabethan Raisedwork (pdf)
Detached Buttonhole (pdf)

Smocking & Pleating (coming soon we hope)

Braid and Cord Interlace (pdf)

Stitch Database Project


Cloth Buttons (pdf)
Buttonholes & Eyelets (pdf)

Sideless Surcoats (pdf)
Medieval Garb Introduction (pdf)

Tudor/Elizabethan Overview - focus on embroidery (pdf)

Textiles & Thread:

Lucet Basics - Square and Flat Braid
Lucet -2 color, gimp and beads

Tannic Acid Dyes
Other Dyes

Silk Thread - "s" & "z"


Easy Medieval Recipes

What to Bring to Feasts - if you don't cook (pdf)

Golden Poppy Competition & Entries:

Tinctures: Dyes & Inks
Horse Barding
Poem: Sestina
Painted Banner
Preserved Foods - Elizabethan Artichokes & Roman Cheese

Narrow Wares: Fingerloop Braiding (coming soon)

Voided Work: An Introduction

Welcome to the wonderful world of Voided Work. Voided Work is any embroidery where the design is left open and unworked and the surrounding area is worked such as to create a "void". Assisi embroidery is one such style of this work. The term Assisi Embroidery comes from the Victorian time when there was a revival of 13th and 14th C embroidery. That which was done in the Assisi area became known as Assisi Embroidery. As part of this movement, several areas of Italy also used specific tassel styles that became common on the work of each area.

I have always been fascinated by the contrast of voided work. Several years ago I read an article in our needleworkers guild newsletter called Stalking the Wild Assisi. In this article, the author discusses her journey of learning about Assisi work. Then a couple years later, I took a class from Linn Skinner on Voided Work. In this class, besides learning about the origins of voided work, we were given a number of patterns. One was an early 16th C.voided work rose, which I fell in love with, and is shown below. Slowly my eye began to see more and more voided work patterns. One that gave me a smile, was of a rabbit. I encountered a number of patterns of rabbits and the one in the project lesson is my recharting from an early 20th C piece.

A revised article from the West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild Newsletter -- an overview of the history of voided work. Included is a bibliography of books and articles.

Voided Work Rabbit Pincushion - a project lesson for introduction to Voided Work

Appendix of 16th & 17th C. Examples - lists source, country of origin, time from, pattern, stitches used, color & thread, banding & edging patterns

On my further studies of voided work, I realized that we had very few historical patterns easily available to us. In fact, apart from the ones charted by Kathryn Goodwyn as part of her article, I could find none on the web and only a few in books. So here for your enjoyment is my journey of discover through voided work by charting some historic patterns. The first set in this project are from model books. I hope to do some from actual textiles shortly. Also coming shortly will be a listing of stitches used historically in voided work.


The original (left) is part of a mid-17th C sampler - the original is in the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Below (left) is the Heartsease, needlework by Sabrina, chart by Linn Skinner - done in long arm cross stitch and double running, on 25 ct. Dublin linen, outlined in Soie Crystal silk and filled with Gloriana overdyed silk limited edition. This piece was the Pattern Page for Filum Summer 2002.

Below (right) is the Rose, needlework by Sabrina, chart by Linn Skinner - done in long arm cross stitch and double running, on 25 ct. Dublin linen, outlined in blue Madeira silk and filled with Waterlilies Amethyst silk.


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