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Design for embroidery - Kunst-und Fleiss-übende Nadel-Ergötzungen oder neu- erfundenes Neh- und Stick-Buch
  • Kunst-und Fleiss-übende Nadel-Ergötzungen oder neu- erfundenes Neh- und Stick-Buch
    Helm, Margaretha, born 1659 - died 1742
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Kunst-und Fleiss-übende Nadel-Ergötzungen oder neu- erfundenes Neh- und Stick-Buch

  • Object:

    Design for embroidery

  • Place of origin:

    Nuremberg (published)

  • Date:

    ca.1725 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Helm, Margaretha, born 1659 - died 1742 (made)
    Weigel, Johann Christoph (the elder), born 1654 - died 1726 (published)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving and etching on laid paper.

  • Museum number:

    E.3370-1932

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

This is a printed design for an embroidery, with some drawn-thread work, possibly for a table-cloth, apron or panel for a gown. Drawn-thread work is a form of counted-thread work in which the embroidery threads are used to pull the fabric threads apart. This creates an openwork pattern of holes and stitching. It is from a pattern book for embroidery (about 1725) by Margaretha Helm (neé Mainberger) (born in 1659 in Deiningen, died in 1742 in Nuremberg, Germany). Helm worked in Nuremberg as an embroiderer, a teacher of embroidery and a copperplate engraver who had her designs published by Johann Christoph Weigel.

The V&A has a series of pattern books for embroidery in three parts by Margaretha Helm of which this volume is Part I. It is entitled Kunst-und Fleiss-übende Nadel-Ergötzungen oder neu- erfundenes Neh- und Stick-Buch or
The Delights of the Art and Industry of the practising Needle or the newly invented Sewing and Embroidery Book .

Physical description

Printed design for an embroidered, with some drawn-thread work, textile, possibly a table-cloth, apron and panel for a gown.

Place of Origin

Nuremberg (published)

Date

ca.1725 (made)

Artist/maker

Helm, Margaretha, born 1659 - died 1742 (made)
Weigel, Johann Christoph (the elder), born 1654 - died 1726 (published)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving and etching on laid paper.

Dimensions

Height: 19.2 cm Size of plate., Width: 29.2 cm Size of plate.

Descriptive line

Printed design for embroidery, about 1725, by Margaretha Helm (1659-1742).

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Will, G.A. Supplement zu dem Nürnbergischen Gelehrten Lexicon oder Beschreibung derienigen Personen welche in den Buchstaben A bis Z vischer gänzlich ausgelassen worden sind. Nürnberg, 4, p.421
Nürnberger Künstlerlexikon. München: Manfred H. Grieb, 2007.
Ludwig, H. Nürnberger naturgeschichtliche Malerie im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert. Mahrburg an der Lahn: Basilisken-Presse, 1998. pp.255 and 333.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1933, London: Printed under the Authority of the Board of Education 1934

Production Note

These printed designs by Helm are catalogued as by Helmin, the feminine of Helm, in the Micromedia online catalogue.

Materials

Ink; Laid paper

Techniques

Engraving; Etching

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Textile; Sprigs; Table linens; Apron

Categories

Designs; Textiles; Embroidery

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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