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Kunst-und Fleiss-übende Nadel-Ergötzungen oder neu- erfundenes Neh- und Stick-Buch

Embroidery Design
ca.1725 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

These are designs for two embroidered stomachers. A stomacher is a stiff panel, usually triangular in shape and often heavily decorated, inserted in an open bodice to cover the corset in eighteenth-century dress. The embroidery designs show some drawn-tread work and feature floral motifs 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. They are 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 .


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional Titles
  • The Delights of the Art and Industry of the practising Needle or newly invented Sewing and Embroidery book
  • Part I (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Engraving and etching on laid paper
Brief Description
Printed designs for two stomachers, for embroidery in drawn-thread work, about 1725, by Margaretha Helm (1659-1742).
Physical Description
Printed designs for two stomachers on one sheet featuring floral motifs with decorative elements in the flowers and leaves. The paper is folded into the album.
Dimensions
  • Size of plate. height: 39.6cm
  • Size of plate. width: 29.6cm
Production typeDesign
Marks and Inscriptions
'2. Vorstecker'
Production
These printed designs by Helm are catalogued as by Helmin, the feminine of Helm, in the Micromedia online catalogue.
Subjects depicted
Summary
These are designs for two embroidered stomachers. A stomacher is a stiff panel, usually triangular in shape and often heavily decorated, inserted in an open bodice to cover the corset in eighteenth-century dress. The embroidery designs show some drawn-tread work and feature floral motifs 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. They are 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 .
Bibliographic References
  • Ludwig, H. Nürnberger naturgeschichtliche Malerie im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert. Mahrburg an der Lahn: Basilisken-Presse, 1998. pp.255 and 333.
  • Nürnberger Künstlerlexikon. München: Manfred H. Grieb, 2007.
  • Will, G.A. Supplement zu dem Nürnbergischen Lexicon oder Beschreibung derienigen Personen welche in den Buchstaben A bis Z vischer gänzlich ausgelassen worden sind. Nürnberg, 4, p.421
  • 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
Collection
Accession Number
E.3391-1932

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