Slate Frame

The commonly known small, round embroidery frames are a relatively modern invention. Medieval embroidery frames are, unfortunately, only rarely shown on pictures (and those are mostly late medieval sources). These frames are usually rectangular frames with the embroidery ground cloth fixed in their middle - probably a form of slate frame.

Some medieval embroidery techniques can be done very well without any frame to hold the work, for instance the variations of counted work. Some other techniques, however - especially couched work with gold threads - were mostly or always done with a frame, according to the sources we have.

Dressing a slate frame is more work than fixing cloth in a round small frame, but is worth the while especially for larger pieces or complicated work. The top and bottom piece of the frame have a band affixed to them; the embroidery ground is stitched to these bands and then laced to the sides of the frame to tension it. A properly dressed slate frame has a very even, very good tension that is kept for a long time; it also allows to embroider long pieces of cloth without much hassle.

This slate frame measures c 60 x 60 cm and consists of the four wooden pieces and four pegs, all from untreated  wood. Available wood kinds are beech, birch and maple. Maximum width of cloth is c 47 cm, length is (almost) unlimited. The many holes in the slates allow very fine tensioning in all possible positions of the top and bottom piece.

The frame can be ordered either fully furnished or unfurnished. The funished frame is complete with linen bands attached to the top and bottom piece (the bands are attached with copper nails). The unfurnished version does not have those bands. 

(Due to frame dimensions, shipping costs are higher than the actual weight of the frame would warrant.)

Price: 115,00 EUR
Incl. 19 % TAX plus shipping
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