Helm, Margaretha (1659-1742)

A design by Margaretha Helm (1659-1742). A design by Margaretha Helm (1659-1742).

Margaretha Helm (1659-1742: née Mainberger, also known as Margaretha Helmin) was an embroidery teacher working in Nuremberg, Germany. She was also a skilled copper plate engraver, who created a series of plates of many of her embroidery designs.

These designs on copper plates were later printed in a three-volume work: Part I. Kunst- und Fleiss-übende Nadel Ergötzungen oder neu-erfundenes Neh- und Stick-Buch. 52 numbered plates; Part II. Fortgesetzer Kunst- und Fleiss-übender Nadel- auch Laden-Gewirck-Ergötzungen oder neu-erfundenen Neh und Stick-Buchs Anderer Theil, 51 numbered plates; Part III. Continuanto der Kunst- und Fleiss-übenden Nadel-Ergötzung oder des neu-ersonnenen besondern Nehe-Buchs Dritter Theil, 54 numbered plates. The plates include designs for the decoration of shoes.

The books were published by Johann Christoph Weigel of Nuremberg, in about 1725.

See also a collection of her work in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Click here.

See also the TRC Needles entry on embroidered shoe designs, early eighteenth century.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 22 June 2016).


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