My friend Kelly Clark has been exploring stumpwork on needlepoint canvas. If you’ve never heard of it, stumpwork is the name for three-dimensional embroidery. It was very popular in the Seventeenth Century, and has been revived in the last 20 years or so.
Stumpwork is glorious, but it’s often frustrating for needlepointers. Virtually all books on the technique are for embroidery on cloth. So you need to translate them for needlepoint.
Kelly has been exploring this and she has a great in-depth post on the various stumpwork techniques she has applied to the garland of Rebekkah (pictured here).
Visit her blog post to learn about what she has done in detail.
Best of all she is doing this canvas along with others as a special series for The Needleworks in Austin.