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Voided Embroidery: An embroidery style in which the background, not the foreground, is embroidered.

Voided embroidery is commonly called Assisi work. However, Assisi embroidery is a style of voided embroidery that originated in Italy. Other countries have their own regional variations of voided embroidery and it is known by different names.

(Updated December 19, 2003)

Assisi Work: Noah's Ark

Partial re-production. Development began in the 13th and 14th centuries in Assisi Italy. During the 16th century it began to spread to the domestic embroideries.

Reserva Work: Spanish Altar Frontal


Original design within the characteristics of Spanish Reserva work. Avila region during the 15th and 16th centuries. Developed as a result of Arabic influences.

Assisi Class Handout

Class handout developed from information learned during the research and documentation of the Assisi work project.

Planning the Reserva Project

Here are some of the steps and processes that I had to go through in order to complete the Reserva Altar Frontal. It may be helpful to others who are planning a similar project.

Primary Sources for Voided Embroideries

A listing of each book in which I have discovered good information about voided embroideries. I have included details and a brief description of each source.