Thursday, March 1, 2012

Best religious embroidery designs

Sacra Famiglia





THE ANGLO-SAXON PERIOD

OT long after the Anglo-Saxons
had established a permanent
footing in this country, their
evangelization began from lona
by way of the north, and from
Rome by the south-east. Under the human-
ising influence of Christianity, and with the
advantages of a more settled life, they
became skilled in the arts, especially in
metal-work, ivory carving, illumination, and
needlework. The last two arts, in fact
painting with the brush on parchment, and
with the needle on woven fabrics seem in
general to have flourished together. Anglo-
Saxon ladies of all ranks, not excluding royal
personages, spent much of their time at
embroidery. Little or nothing remains of
domestic needlework of this period, but it
was in accordance with the spirit of the times
that their best efforts should be devoted to
the service of religion. It is therefore safe
to judge of their skill in general from the
surviving ecclesiastical works.
of St. Augustine, Aldhelm, Bishop of Sher-
borne (d. 709), the scholar and builder, speaks
of the skill of Englishwomen in needlework.
By this time embroidery must have been
much practised in the convents. At the
Council of Clovesho (Clifife-at-Hoo), in the
year 747, nuns were admonished to occupy
themselves in reading and in singing psalms
rather than in weaving and embroidering
robes. It is hardly likely that the aim was
to discourage the art of needlework in the
service of the Church. It may be that the
skill which might have been employed with
this object was too greatly diverted in the
direction of personal adornment.

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