The Trevelyon Miscellany: Embroidery

Word & Image:
The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608

on exhibit January 23 - May 22, 2004

Embroidery

The Miscellany is probably best known today for its embroidery patterns, which make up nearly one hundred pages of the volume.

It is possible Thomas Trevelyon was a professional "drawer" who outlined embroidery designs on fabric for others to fill in with appropriate stitches. In addition to the obvious embroidery patterns, almost any of Trevelyon's portraits and figural scenes can be envisioned in pictorial needlework.

The Miscellany contains twenty cap patterns in all, the only patterns in the book explicitly intended for clothing.

Thomas Trevelyon, Miscellany, fol. 266r (Embroidery pattern for a cap)

Thomas Trevelyon
Miscellany, fol. 266r
(Embroidery pattern for a cap)

Word and Image: The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608
Exhibition Highlights

Thomas Trevelyon: the man and his sources | History and Religion | Calendars and Calculations | Memento Mori | Proverbs | The Old Testament | Lettering | A Quest for Order | Women | Astronomy | Personifications | Embroidery

Exhibition Intro | Visiting the Folger



This page updated March 26, 2004