Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Vienna: Habsburg Bling

I've spent the past four days in Vienna.  While most of my vacation pictures are going up on the trip blog, I'm posting some of the crafting-relevant photos here.  Some images will be blurry because they were taken in very low light conditions.  The Schatzkammer contains the treasures of the Austrian Hapsburgs and in most sections, the light is kept very low to help preserve the textiles.

Here are a set of christening gowns and blankets used in the baptisms of various royals.

This features gold sequin designs.  I need to read up on embroidery in the age of Maria Theresia, but I'd guess that this is tambour work of some kind.

This set also features goldwork, only this time in padded stitches with couched pearls.

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