Laton Jacket Project

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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You can follow the progress of Plimoth Plantation’s Laton Jacket project: a modern re-creation of an embroidered 17th-century jacket.

You can follow the progress of Plimoth Plantation’s Laton Jacket project: a modern re-creation of an embroidered 17th-century jacket.

Photo: Plimoth Plantation

Word had it that Threads magazine's very own Norma Bucko was working on a fantastic hand embroidery project that is going on at the Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts. They are re-creating the Laton Jacket, a gorgeous garment from the 17th century. I visited the Plimoth website, a treasure trove of information and inspiration for hand embroiderers. As a new blogger, I really enjoyed checking out their blog, The Embroiderers' Story, which is written by Jill Hall, who also manages the Wardrobe Department at the Plantation. Over the next year, the blog will chronicle the progress of this 17th-century jacket, so take a look from time to time. If you click on the little pictures in the blog, you can see enlarged versions that show the incredible detail of the work and the skill of the women working on this jacket.

The original Laton Jacket, the inspiration for this project, can be seen at the Victoria and Albert Museum in England. If you’re not planning a road trip to England any time soon, you can just click here to see it too! I spent a lot of time browsing through the museum’s Web site, checking out fashion from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Whenever I look at some of the embroidery created back then, I’m always amazed at the complex detail, color, and workmanship created entirely by hand.

A lot goes into re-creating a jacket like this. Before any hand embroidery can take place, there is a search for threads, fabrics and other embellishments that approximate the original jacket.

I always love to see fashion come alive with embroidery, and I noticed on The Embroiders’ Stories blog that this project is special to Jill Hall as well. To quote her, “One of their goals has been realized—stitching in front of the public in the Crafts Center. The inherent fashionable aspects of this jacket has made it popular with younger women who have had the chance to visit the Craft Center. It is very gratifying to work on a project that generates interest in not only embroidery, but also history and culture.”

Be sure to keep track of the progress of this fascinating project. I plan to visit often.

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Comments (17)

Valerieones writes: Wow! its nice
Posted: 6:09 am on September 20th
harjotsingh25 writes: This is soo nice.
Posted: 4:03 am on September 20th
johnwood67 writes: Excellent
Posted: 2:40 am on September 19th
Ashtonjames writes: Awesome
Posted: 12:06 pm on August 4th
jonrios writes: This is nice project.
Posted: 12:12 am on August 4th
joecasey10 writes: soo nice.
Posted: 1:11 am on June 13th
corygill10 writes: its soo nice.
Posted: 3:20 am on April 26th
corybrady writes: soo nice.
Posted: 2:13 am on March 29th
tylerhill writes: This is very nice.
Posted: 12:26 am on March 7th
tobyrice writes: amazing work,,,,
Posted: 12:37 am on October 20th
carmelo11 writes: its good designed project.
Posted: 1:44 am on October 19th
peterjonson writes: i like this......
Posted: 5:30 am on October 16th
stevejon writes: very nice..
Posted: 3:26 am on October 14th
johan1 writes: impressive design.
Posted: 2:20 am on October 14th
jakerios writes: really too gud.......
Posted: 4:46 am on October 12th
JonMaxwell writes: Awesome work..
Posted: 11:51 pm on October 7th
GregoryPerry writes: Wonderful work!
Posted: 4:05 am on July 23rd
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