This embroidered border was inspired by the painted border of a letter written by Lady Anne Clifford to her father in 1598 - the time of Elizabeth I and Shakespeare. Worked on ivory silk satin, in stumpwork and surface embroidery, this design features fourteen assorted flowers and fruits popular at the time, including the Apothecary rose, Sweet briar and Heartsease, Barberries, Bellflower, Borage and Periwinkle, Cornflower, Gillyflower and Knapweed, and Grapes, Plums, Redcurrants and Strawberries. As in the original letter, the panel is outlined with pairs of fine red lines - these have been worked in back stitch. This border may be used to surround a mirror, or to enclose a special photograph, a monogram, a precious memento, or perhaps a tiny stumpwork figure.
Jane Nicholas has been researching and working in the field of embroidery for over 20 years. Specializing in stumpwork and goldwork embroidery, she has written seven books and has contributed widely to journals and magazines on the subject. In 1999 Jane was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to further her studies in stumpwork in the United Kingdom and in 2005 was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), for her services to hand embroidery as an artist, teacher and author. She teaches widely for Embroiderers' Guilds and businesses in Australia, New Zealand, and the US, and continues to research and develop new techniques particularly in stumpwork."