Castle Object of the Month – Stumpwork Mirror

Castle, History

Situated in the Morning Room, the Castle Object of the Month for March is this stumpwork mirror, c.1684. This fine needlework depicts figures of Charles II and Catherine of Braganza, with animals and insects enriched with seed pearls and gold thread.

Stumpwork mirror

Stumpwork was fashionable from c.1630 to the late 1680s. It gained its name in later years, after the wooden padding sometimes used. Its raised and padded style was an extension of the method used to sew heraldic and church vestments abroad, especially in Germany and Hungary. Stitches are worked around pieces of wire to create individual shapes such as leaves, insect wings or flower petals. This is then applied to the main body of work by piercing the background fabric with the wires and securing tightly.

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