Do you know how textile pattern publishing began? Did you ever imagine that there were pattern booklets for inspiration and templates dating as far back as 16th century Europe? I didn't.
When The Metropolitan Museum of Art asked me to design an embroidery kit based on their significant collection of these very early pattern books (which would also include maxims on how to live a proper and good life), I was in heaven. The Met's significant collection of these books had not been publicly exhibited since 1938.
I am thrilled to announce that our embroidery kit, designed exclusively for their exhibition, Fashion and Virtue, is now available online!
Going through the archives, tasked with paring my choices down to just one sheet was no easy feat. so, I went with my very favorites: fantastical animals, mysterious flowers and beautiful borders.
Get the patterns: