Monday, January 16, 2012

Painted Patterns

Hand-painted Berlinwork patterns from a scrapbook of patterns in the library archives at Winterthur, circa 1831-1877:











I've always found the painted patterns more beautiful and inspirational than the actual woolwork. And yes, the colors are still that vibrant.

Happy Monday.

15 comments:

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

More eye candy to enjoy--
http://www.roland-designs.com/berlinwoolwork.htm

This research project sounds fascinating.
http://berlinwoolwork.tumblr.com/home

I'm a fan, too.

Lisa said...

Lovely! I still enjoy the book you sent me that is filled to the brim with Berlin work patterns!

Gerry Krueger said...

And of course my favorites are the birds... Im hoping to do a gold bird in the upcoming Fool's Gold RR... ger

gracie said...

wow....thanks for sharing.

Beth said...

I fell in love with Berlin work and thanks to Elizabeth Bradley I've stitch ten or so of her pillows (mostly rose themed), a bell pull and one of her rugs ( four squares plus four bell pulls as the border). They wear like iron since it's wool.

Marian Hertzog said...

These are so pretty! Thanks for sharing.

Marnie said...

I love the ones with birds the best but they are all lovely! Thanks for sharing.

Wendy said...

Just beautiful and so vibrant!

Sheila said...

I spy blue flowers ;) Wouldn't those look cool all worked up in stumpwork and ribbonwork?

Catherine said...

So very pretty!

Cyn said...

Oh,

I want to stitch these!

Cynthia
Windy Meadow

Rachel said...

I agree. The stitched pieces somehow lack the vigour of the painted charts!

The Blissful Banter of a Creative Crafter said...

Those are so pretty!

Judy S. said...

Nice! I just clicked on your link and experienced the promised Wikipedia blackout! It looks like one could also use those charts for counted cross stitch.

wranglerkate said...

Very much enjoyed the Berlinwork charts. Where did you get the pictures? Is there another site? I'd love to be able to print color copies of the charts. kcarr@schwabe.com

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