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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Yet Another Embroidered Book

A year ago, when a friend of mine was created Princess of the East Kingdom, the embroidery guild I am a part of, Athena's Thimble, called for a volunteer to create the Queen's present to be presented to her as she stepped down at the end of her reign. I volunteered. 

Our beloved Queen (now Countess as of today) has a love of mermaids. It was on her favor that was given out.  So, to follow along with this, I found a historical embroidery pattern with just that.

Materials used:
Blue linen
YLI White silk embroidery thread
Handspun white silk thread (by myself)
YLI Black silk embroidery thread (lucet cord and tassel)
Gold braid (commercial)
Au Vera Soie Blue silk sewing thread
fresh water pearl
Blank bound journal

Source:
Pattern taken from New Carolingian Modelbook, page 154.  Winged Undine, Urn and Cherub Border Panel.   Venetian, mid-16th century.  Original was red silk on white linen done in Spanish Stitch. Shown in Pictorial History of Embroidery

I changed the colors to blue white and black to coincide with her personal device colors. The pictures below do not show the bookmark cord and tassel that I added on the ride out to the event this morning.

I  love how this came out.

 
Front cover

 
Center spine

 
Back cover

 
Inside left page

 
Inside right back page

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Western Colors

So, on a spur of the moment decision (after his parents had to cancel their trip out to see us last minute) we packed up the van and drove out to Wyoming to see them. While I was there, I brought along all sorts of crafty stuff including a kit i bought from a local yarn shop to make a shawl.  The pattern for it is here:



As I was working on it, I decided it really looked very western in colors (like the deserts that were around his family's house) and that I would give it to his mother.  It wasn't long after that she commented on how the colors were beautiful and couldn't wait to see me model it.  I finished it on Tuesday morning early and presented it to her while she was drinking her morning coffee.  Her face was priceless. I told her the payment would be to let me take photos of her modeling it so I could post it to my blog.  Here they are.






I loved the pattern and as a friend mentioned it is a good piece to do with scraps of yarn you may have. I will definitely make one for myself and it was easy peasy!


Friday, June 20, 2014

An update...

Sometime ago I started working on embroidered apprentice and protoge tipits with my two peers arms embroidered on them. I had put them on the wayside for a while but have picked them back up again.

Here is an update on the apprentice tippet:



Post more when more is done! And FTR I hate stranded silk! Twisted is so much easier! :D

A Newly Taught Craft: Teneriffe lace

So my friend Sue came over last night on crafty night and taught me how to do a version of needle lace called teneriffe lace.  It was quite fun and went fairly quickly. I produced one in a little over an hour. Here are the pictures of it.

First you start with a round needle point type disk and you stitch around the edges to create what will anchor it on while you weave.

Then you add the first Row of stitched around and knot it in the center to give them tension and hold them in place.


Then you put weave three rows round the center going over every four strands.


Then you move a little ways up, using your own personal judgement and weave over four again.


You do the same on the next row but you pick up differing four's to make the weave more decorative.


On the last round you go over two's and when finished you knot it off, and cut away the blue anchoring threads.


This is the finished result. 

It was made out of cotton thread (as it was given to me for free to do my trial disk).
I really enjoyed it and would most certainly do it again. I saw it used in period on an apron and may consider this path down the road when making more.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A couple more projects done

Well, I have been busy lately and feel ashamed i have not posted anything since March. But...here is a catch up!
First, I knit another pair of socks..this time its a pair for my son Leo. Just a basic pattern, a soft acrylic yarn (kids are tough on clothes so no fancy wool for them right now)...nothing special. I have the concept down fairly well now.  I think the next pair will be something more elaborate on the cuff. Then perhaps Ill work down to a design on the foot itself.

Next, I finished a project I had actually started a little while ago for a friend who has honey bees. I saw it, immediately thought of her and started it. Its DMC cotton thread on linen, though I don't recall the count.


Lastly, a friend asked me to make a medallion so I embroidered this for her. It is one strand of twisted silk done on linen, over two.  I had to actually purchase a pair of reading glasses to be able to see the tiny weave to embroider it.  Im quite pleased with how it came out.  I placed a quarter in the picture to show size. 


I have a few more projects on my list I am working on. More as I finish them. 
Cheers!!



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wow!

Cleaning out one of my craft storage spots in the house (yes, I have many..hush!) I found a 3 ring binder with documentation to projects I have done and put into displays or competitions.  This predated me having a blog or facebook.  I think this weekend I will scan them in and post them as picture entries.  It was a cook trip down memory lane.

In the binder there was the Gothic era outfit hand sewn completely from the underwear out, a stump-work QoC glove, my black work coif, a laurel hood, a black work chalice cover and a hand bound leather book.

Ill work on that for Sunday..... STAY TUNED! :D

Now that it has been given...

This past weekend at Mudthaw here in the East Kingdom, a friend was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.  I was asked to create for him a hood for his regalia.  The woman organizing it sent me two yards of the fabric and I went to work.

Materials:
2 yards teal wool
5x5 square of white silk dupioni
tiny piece of brown silk dupioni
Black, red and gold Splendor Silk Embroidery floss
fusible webbing

I reused an image for a Pelican in Piety from the cloak I made for a friend this past summer. I love the image and was glad to use it again. I embroidered the white silk fabric with the image of the pelican and her babies. I appliqued on the brown next and did some embroidery on it to make it look like a bundle of sticks.

I trimmed the silk into a circle and appliqued it onto the hood i had sewn up earlier in the day.  I did a blanket stitch in gold silk around the  medallion. I lined the cloak and sewed up the face and hem.  I then put running stitches along the hems to hide the machine stitching.  Im very pleased with how it came out.
After finishing the blanket stitch

Cloak on display during his vigil

As he was walking down from court after being elevated.

These were the only pictures I have of the hood. I processed in for his elevation holding the hood and therefore couldn't take pictures myself, though a friend used my camera to do it. Besides...I had something in my eye and I couldn't see very well. It was a beautiful and moving ceremony.