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Dolby, Anastasia - Church Embroidery, Ancient and Modern

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27 June 2011

Dolby, Anastasia - Church Embroidery, Ancient and Modern

The Textile Blog has a fascinating and thorough review of Church Embroidery, Ancient and Modern by Anastasia Marice Dolby, published in 1867 at http://thetextileblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/embroidered-altar-cloths-of-1860s.html

Here's the first two paragraphs of the review.....
"In 1867, Anastasia Marice Dolby published Church Embroidery, Ancient and Modern. The book was produced as a practical and technical guide for the use of embroidery for ecclesiastical furnishings. Although certainly pitched at an amateur audience, she did have professional help and reference guides from a number of individuals including Daniel Rock the English antiquarian and ecclesiologist who had a specific interest in church history and a practical approach to church functions such as the Mass. She is known to have used his Hierurgia or the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which he originally published in 1833.
Dolby also considered herself to be a professional, rather than an embroiderer of leisure, a section of society to which the book was largely aimed. She had been a court embroiderer and termed herself 'late embroideress to the Queen.' In this respect, she felt that she had the connections, professionalism and the skills base to produce a confident book concerned with the correct approach to ecclesiastical embroidery.
The book itself while not giving detailed plans and pattern work as such, is largely a practical guide to church embroidery…….."

There is also a long list of fascinating live links (to Amazon books, tho I haven't checked them all) at the end of the review.

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