Techniques of Armenian Interlacing #2380
- Intermediate Skill level
Phyllis' latest book steps us through the history, supplies, and techniques of this Armenian interweaving/lacing technique. It features close-up photographs, explicit diagrams and directions, and includes several pages of patterns, each charted with journey numbering and example photos. She also includes finishing instructions to create the padded heirloom hangers. 25 pages.
Excerpt from the book, "Armenian Interlacing is a stitch that has been seen in many cultures, and called by many different names. This stitch reflects the wide dispersal of the Armenian peoples, and speaks to the resilience of their culture. The complexity of the stitched examples shown in these sources, as well as the sheer number of shapes and lines shown indicates an in-depth understanding and exploration of this technique by these Armenian women.
Armenian Interlacing originates in the city of Marash, found in the territory known as the "Kingdom of Cilicia", which today is a part of Turkey. Armenian interlacing is one of three forms of embroidery practiced by the Marash, and is known in the culture as "Huesvadzgar". Another, less frequently recognized name is the "Hoormutch stitch" (also known as Sind or Hurmitch) in Indian cultures.
During the 1960's, this stitch was frequently used on American clothing, where it was known as the "Double Herringbone" stitch, or sometimes as the "Maltese Cross". Unfortunately, further exploration of the large number of variances in this stitch was not carried out at that time. Hopefully, the instructions provided here will increase the appreciation and use of this technique in contemporary times."