Shakespeare’s Flowers in Stumpwork


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Jane Nicholas

Shakespeare’s Flowers in Stumpwork.

Wild flowers, herbs and gardens are a recurring feature in Shakespeare’s work: from Oberon’s ‘bank where the wild thyme blows’ and where oxslips, violets, woodbine, musk-roses and eglantine grow, to the Spring Song, ‘when daisies pied, and violets blue’, with lady-smocks and yellow cuckoo-buds ‘do paint the meadows with delight’. His plays are rich in the plant and herb lore of Tudor England, using plants to symbolise, among other virtues and vices, yearning, unrequited love, malice and mischief, triumph and glory.

The projects in this book, worked in stumpwork and surface embroidery, feature many of the flowers found in the gardens, fields and hedgerows of the time. Lavishly illustrated in colour, with detailed step-by-step instructions accompanied by explanatory diagrams, Shakespeare’s Flowers in Stumpwork will make a delightful addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in textured and dimensional embroidery.


  • Introduction
  • Part 1 A Border of Shakespeare’s Flowers, Apothecary Rose, Barberries, Bellflower, Borage, Cornflower, Gillyflower, Grapevine, Heartsease, Knapweed, and Periwinkle Plum, Redcurrants, Strawberry, Sweet Briar
  • Part 2 Shakespeare’s Flowers: The Samplers
    • Sampler One: Sweet Briar, Grapevine, Heartsease and Strawberries
    • Sampler Two: Apothecary Rose, Borage, Cornflower and Redcurrants
    • Sampler Three: Gillyflower, Periwinkle, Plums and Barberries
  • Part 3 Elizabethan Flower Panel, Bluebell, Crab Apple, Honeysuckle, Lancaster Rose, Peapod, Primrose
  • Part 4 Garland of Spring Flowers, English daisy, Forget-me-nots, Wild Pansies Snowdrops
  • Part 5
    • Techniques, Equipment and Stitch Glossary,
    • Mounting Fabrics into Hoops and Square Frames,
    • Working with Wire,
    • Equipment,
    • Bibliography and Further Reading,
    • Acknowledgements,
    • About the Author,
    • Index,
    • Stumpwork Supplies and Kit Information

Additional information

Weight 1.168 kg
Dimensions 2 × 21.4 × 28.5 cm