Opus Anglicanum 'Matilda' Embroidery Kit



Opus Anglicanum literally means English Work.  This was the name for a period of English embroidery that was renowned throughout Europe and beyond.  It only came to an end when the Black Death swept across the world, wiping out most of the English embroiderers skilled in this technique and leaving the way open for the quicker, and therefore cheaper, techniques of tapestry shading and surface couching of metal threads from abroad to take precedence. Opus Anglicanum made use of split stitch in silk floss along with underside couching worked in metal threads. 'Matilda' is one of two new designs designed to start you off in this beautiful technique.  The kit includes the design hand drawn onto a square of a calico, silk floss in a range of lustrous shades, metal thread, linen thread, full instructions with stitch diagram & stitch guide, beeswax and an embroidery needle. All kept tidy in a neat little box. The finished embroidery measures approximately 5cm wide by 7cm high. Please also see 'Edgar'. Suitable for all skill levels.

What's included in the price?

The kit comprises calico, silk flosses, linen thread, metal thread, beeswax, needle, a hand transferred design, full instructions with a detailed stitch guide and diagram. All kept tidy in a neat little box.

What you will need

Embroidery scissors Hoop/frame optional.



Liz Tapper graduated from the Royal School of Needlework's apprenticeship in 1998. She now teaches a wide variety of hand embroidery techniques, designs her own range of embroidery kits, accepts commissions and gives talks around the country.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
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