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Anglo-Saxon and Viking Works of the Needle: Some Artistic Currents in Cross-Cultural Exchange

Anglo-Saxon and Viking Works of the Needle: Some Artistic Currents in Cross-Cultural Exchange

By Carolyn Priest-Dorman

Published Online, 1992

Abstract: This paper contains a typology and brief discussion of some stitches that have been discovered on extant textiles from the period between the seventh and eleventh centuries in Anglo-Saxon, Viking, and related cultures. Embroidery, construction stitches, style, and usage are considered. Information is organized in a comparative framework based on techniques, not on culture or period, in order to facilitate a practical understanding by needleworkers. An appendix lists the cultures and sites considered.

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