Inspired by the anatomical illustrations on display in Under the skin: anatomy, art and identity, we have created this embroidery pattern from a woodcut showing layers of the abdominal muscles. From Isagogae breves per lucide ac uberrime in anatomiam humani corporis by Jacopo Berengario da Carpi, published in Bologna in 1523, the figure in the image lifts his own skin to reveal the texture and shapes of the muscles beneath.
This pattern uses a lot of half-stitches which may be a little difficult if you haven’t done much embroidery before. If you want to have a go, make sure you go in/out of your fabric at each point where the line on the pattern changes direction.
The pattern provides the outline - fill in the patterns of the muscles in any way you like.
The minimum materials you need to sew your own Isagogae breves abdominal muscles are:
- Thread in a colour of your choice (we used DMC black, but it would look good in any colour)
- Fabric (we used 28 count linen, equivalent to 14 count Aida.)
- A needle
It will also help if you have:
- An embroidery hoop