The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

Crewel Embroidery by Mary Yaeger, Tree of the Knowledge of Good and  Evil
Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, 2008
crewel embroidery on linen

After discussing Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, I had the urge to create an embroidery about the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. I decided to borrow heavily (should I say mashup?) from the William Morris Woodpecker Tapestry and Cranach the Elder’s Adam and Eve.

I visited the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow in 2007 to study the colors in the Woodpecker Tapestry.

Please note: tapestry, a weaving technique, should not be confused with embroidery or needlepoint, also known as canvaswork. There are a lot of needlepoint kits that reproduce William Morris designs, but few people have the skill and patience to learn tapestry weaving. I’m a big fan of tapestry weaving but not a practitioner.

To help you sort out the different textile techniques, this link may come in handy.

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4 Responses to “The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil”

  1. Medieval Modernity Revisited Adam and Eve « animary Says:

    […] previous post about the embroidery on Stabbed! […]

  2. kniterdone Says:

    I love crewel. The shading on the bodies is beautiful. The wool blends in such a lovely way.

  3. Elena Says:

    What a wonderul embroidery! You are very talented.
    IMHO you should try tapestry weaving too (I’m a beginner myself, but love it)

    • animary Says:

      I would love to learn tapestry weaving, but I’m afraid I’m already engaged in more techniques than I can master, so I’ll stick with illuminating, embroidering, beading and CAD.

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