What really captured my heart about history well, all of it, but have always had an eye for "Middle Eastern". When participating in a historical recreation group for a time, studied sixteenth century Ottoman Turkey and Safavid Persia cultures.
Upon looking for embroideries from these two empires during this century, a book was recommended to me, and a friend loaned me her copy. Written by Marianne Ellis, called "Embroideries and Samplers from Islamic Egypt". While skeptical & clearly not the sixteenth century, I so dearly loved and was frantically looking for to learn. With a wary eye, perusing the copy presented. I was hooked. That was it, that night, took to Amazon and ordered my own copy. This book is beautiful! Not only captured my heart and imagination, a love and respect for Islamic, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean basin embroideries began.
The main focus of this blog and web page will be the learning about and journey how to do these embroideries. From figuring out how to chart some of them on graph paper and doing them with silk on linen to see how that pattern actually turns out, to making some accessories and pretty pieces for adorning the home, also creating one of a kind hand made gifts for friends, Some historically based others using the techniques learned and applied to a modern design. To hopefully with permission for reconstructing modern interpretation pieces, based on original extant pieces located in museums.
This seems like a lot but it is a journey and a personal one of learning. Not to be done overnight or quickly. One step at a time. So here we begin...