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.
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!
Dora still loves to sit in boxes. Her mother sculpts them into shreds.
My Monday Treasure for this week isn’t actually embroidery. It’s a kitty. This is Dora. She’s our kitten. She came with Pookah, a stray we adopted with the house. (Little, sad, starving black face poking her head over the windowsill and wanting to come in, but scared of the people… now she’s a happy love… she came pregnant with 4 kittens, and gave birth 5 days after we had her checked out by the vet.) Dora is Dora the Explorer. Last out of Mom, first out of the box… (and now back IN a box).
Dora’s had a hard life, you know. She has to be tormented by those birds outside, and NEVER gets fed enough! The things she puts up with living with us! She has to fight back by stealing thread, and making sure that her fur gets included in all stitched items I produce. She’s also the only striped kitty in the world, you know. That makes her special. When she was born, we had 3 cats living with us in addition to Pookah. ALL of them were black, including Pookah! Dora, her sister and brother were striped, and her other sister was solid grey. But otherwise all kitties she knows are black! So, she’s special.
The year I was laid off from my day job, in fact the day AFTER, Dora got really sick. It turned out that she, at 5 years old, had kidney failure. It happens, though rarely in a cat that young. She took all our emergency pet fund that year, but she recovered, and now has to have subcutaneous fluids pumped into her every other day. (How fun!) But she’s doing great, and her numbers come up normal at all her checkups now, so I have hope that we’ll have her around for quite a while yet.
I’m fascinated by all ethnic styles of embroidery, possibly because Western embroidery has become so patterned and artistic, that I miss the ritual of knowing exactly where in the world a piece comes from based on its style and techniques. My designs are inspired from everything from the middle ages to the tiles in Alhambra!
When I found this video I was delighted to watch these women work. There is apparently an import shop in Vermont, which has a website as well.