Monday, 19 December 2016
Clanger has been rushed into the A+E department of Grandma's Toy Hospital in Mullion this morning . As in all hospitals right now , Christmas is such a busy time .
Coming apart under his chin !
Worse ! He has become quite bald !
This is soon fixed .
Then for more delicate "under the chin " surgery .
Made a better job of it this time round ,stitching all along with stronger wool .
All done ! One happy Clanger = one happy little grandson !
Sunday, 16 October 2016
Saturday, 10 September 2016
I was so lucky to have the right colours for the oast houses in amongst the vintage crewel wool in my basket . There was no picture , nor instruction leaflet with the transfer . I did find a picture of the front of the original leaflet , so I can use that as a guide , but there is no list of the colours or stitches or the order in which to do it .
So to begin with I went over some of the more important details with a sharp pencil . I think I,ll do this a little bit at a time , because it could smudge .Then I,ll stitch a bit around the outlines of things and just see how it goes really .
Once again , like the other vintage embroidery I did , the stitches in these Briggs leaflets are mostly the basic ones .... back stitch, stem stitch , crewel stitch , long and short shading , detatched chain stitch for the leaves and what else can I see ?.....ah ...French knots ..lots of French knots on the cherry blossom ....and it is all very freely and painterly done , or so it seems to me .
Actually , I am not even sure if this one is a Briggs Embroidery transfer , There is no makers name on the transfer . Maybe someone could let me know ?
The sun has come out , so I,m off to sit out in my garden and stitch a little more .
Friday, 9 September 2016
I found this old embroidery transfer of the Oast houses in Kent and it tugged at my Kentish heart strings and I just had to buy it ...but sadly when I came to iron it on to my linen , it didn't work ! It seems that it had been used too many times and the ink was used up .
So I sat for about two hours going over all the lines with the horrible pink transfer pencil .
...and then ironed it on ......
Its not brilliant , and the next problem is that it didn't come with any instruction leaflet either ...grrrr . I managed to find a picture of it on the internet and decided to match the colours up as best that I can . I,m not even sure if this is meant to be stitched with wool or cotton threads . Anyway , I,ve decided to stitch it with the lovely mellow colours , of the vintage Penelope crewel wool , that I used on the "Down a Country Lane " embroidery earlier in the year .
Cant wait to get started now . Here we go stitching into Autumn . I love Autumn !
Tuesday, 5 July 2016
A little Sunday embroidery....I find so relaxing.
I ,m stitching another moth from " A Schole-house for the Needle " published in 1624 by Richard Shorleyker .
I,m using buttonhole stitch around the edge of the moth's wings .
I just did backstiches for the moth's body , I ,m going to whip those green back stitches over and over for a nicer and ever so slightly raised finish .
The sun came out and I took my needlework out into the garden . I have been delighted by the appearance of some wild strawberries , I suppose a bird must have brought in .
I thought I would put these photos on here, useful I thought , to use in another Elizabethan embroidery ..sometimes I think that the patterns in modern embroidery books have become too stylised . I want my strawberries to be more botanically correct .
I put them on here that you too can look closer !
Strawberries were a much loved subject of embroidery all through the medieval times , especially loved by the Elizabethans as a symbol of love and righteousness , the three leaves , symbolising the Holy Trinity .
...and the tiny fruits much loved by the Cornish Piskies !
I stitched the tiny whipping stitches , over and over , around his green body .
Then begin the wings by putting in some directional guide line stitches , which will be worked in to my long and short shading , from the outside edge to the centre .
This is not a tutorial ...you do not have to do your butterfly wings like this...you can stitch them..upwards , downwards , in french knots , however makes you smile ..for that is the most important thing and also not worry about the mess on the back if you are a beginner.......just relax and enjoy being creative .