Im working on a middle class Italian gown about 1460 to 1484. . .
> > Does anyone have any websites that show in detail embroidery done in
> > this time?
Not a website, but you may take another look at the pictures. DRESSING
RENAISSANCE FLORENCE by Carole Collier Frick has a section on
embroidery. It seems a lot of what we take for brocade was
embroidered. Especially the ones with the family symbols worked in. An
example of this is the Florintine overgown in Domenico Ghirlandeaio's
VISITATION.. There is a diary and inventories describing how
embroiders spent almost a year on a gown for a wedding. They included
jewels,pearls and gold or silver medalions with their embroidery,
especially around the neck. They were very good about keeping track of
things because that is what established their station in life. The
gowns, even the wedding gowns didn't belong to the women, but to the
men who ordered them. They may wear them on their wedding day only.
They became part of their dowery. Then they were described in detail
so the dowery was listed seperate from her personal belongings, even
to her underwear and hairbrushes.
Now, here is more than you wanted to know about Italian embrodery and
its history. :)