Christy Gordon Baty

Needlework Historian


Christy Gordon Baty earned her Masters degree in History at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Her current focus is on the needlework of English women in the early modern era, particularly exploring embroidered books bindings through experimental history and re-creation. She was first drawn into this era as a middle schooler when she read Carolly Erickson’s series of books on Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth I.

In addition to her academic work, Christy is a co-founder and partner in Relics in Situ where she researches early modern needlework to learn about the lives of women and how they contributed to their world.  Through hands-on workshops, lectures, and writing, we share this information with other historical professionals, needlework enthusiasts, and anyone else interested in culture and craft of the early modern period.

Christy can be contacted at

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“Embroidered Head Coverings and Their Sources”, co-author, Attired: Perspectives on Historical Costume, Vernon Press, expected 2024

“America’s Mothers: How the Mobilized Women of Berkeley Harnessed the Power of Women to Support the Great War and Challenge the Government.” University of Nebraska Graduate review, vol. 2, issue 1, 2022

“The Raffaelesca Motif in Italian Ceramics,” Tournaments Illuminated, Fourth Quarter 2010

“The Benefits of Wear,” co-author, NeedleArts, March 2016

“A Book by Its Cover: Embroidery Fit for a Prince,” co-author, Harvard Magazine, October 2017



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