1. TAST is late, but finished! (hard to stitch or stay on schedule when husband is sick for a whole week!
Yes, it IS all running stitch, despite appearances. As usual, click on the photos to see more detail.
The stem is double running stitch and pattern darning at the hip.
The side petals are double running stitch with running stitch forming seeding inside.
The purple-blue long petals are whipped running stitch.
The turquoise long petals and darker blue center petals are done in a running stitch that has been whipped as though I were making a pekinese stitch: whipped in loops over two stitches. It’s more oval than round because the running stitch is spaced further apart than the traditional back space.
I don’t think she knows I’m about to do this, because I think she lost my request in a stack of spam in her email box! ;P But her new blog has a “borrowing” permission note on it, so I’m taking her up on it.
I first found Elmsley Rose when she began the historical embroidery sampler displayed above. Despite her claims to be just beginning in embroidery, her work was clean, well-designed, and gorgeous! It’s only gotten better.
It turns out that she started out in medieval illumination and calligraphy, which is my background, too, so we have that in common as well. Might be why I like watching her stitching so much!
She’s in the process of revamping her blog site right now, but it’s still well-worth a look. And well worth following as it develops.
No, not actually “English Work,” although Tanya does some of it, and she is English!
Tanya is an historical reenactor (from many time periods) a costumer, and an embroideress extraordinaire! Her blog details her many projects, which she completes with a speed that astounds me!
Right now I’m fascinated by her large antependium project. It is absolutely beautiful, and I can’t imagine finishing something like this in my lifetime, let alone all the costumes, cushions, and other embroidery projects she seems to be doing at the same time!
If you are interested in historic embroidery, or just some really cool patterns, check out the re-release online of an SCA member’s work of love – Flowers of the Needle – A compilation of patterns from several sources in the 16th century.
Please go see this work and download it, and thank Kathryn Goodwin profusely for all her hard work to make it available to us!
I have some requests out to people I’d like to feature in these posts in the future to request permission to post some of their images in my post. Hopefully this will come about and Mondays will get more colorful!