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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