Follow along while I work on a year long project combining historical research with practical application of embroidery techniques.
This post is the culmination of a year long project of embroidering a needle case each month in 12 different styles. Due to time constraints and the complexity of a few of the embroidery styles, in the end I have 10 finished needle cases! The Embroidery Styles include: Applique, black work, German brick stitch, Bayeau… Continue reading 10 Little Needle Cases
This piece is part of a larger project that I started this year to explore different styles of embroidery. To read more about it click here. To read about how I came up with this specific pattern and design, click here. The Last Needle Case! When I started this project and allotted the last month… Continue reading December: Embroidery over Pleats
We have entered the final stretch, the final month of needle cases! The last one is smocking. Smocking was a popular decorative way to decorate pleats in chemises and other linen garments like aprons in the 16th century (the last half of the year has been full of 16th century, huh!). The best extant example… Continue reading December: Smocking
This needlework piece is part of my ongoing exploration of different medieval embroidery styles. A full explanation of the project can be found here. A post discussing how I drafted this pattern and the stitches/materials used can be found here. I have had so much fun stitching this year. I have learned so many new… Continue reading November: Caterpillar
As you may have read in the finishing of my Reticella piece, September and October were rough months for me. And reticella was difficult. Drawing my threads from the fabric rather than doing a punto in aria design took many more hours than anticipated. And thus, I am sick of white linen and want to… Continue reading November: Padded Work
A blog describing how I chose this pattern and some historical background on reticella can be found here. These last few months have been difficult on a personal level. I lost one of my biggest patrons due to illness, one of my best friend received devastating health related news, and the plague continues on despite… Continue reading September: Reticella, the finished piece
Needle lace was the first new thing I learned at my first event in the SCA. I learned a little needle lace edging for a handkerchief (that is yet unfinished, alas). But it lead to the creation of this beautiful bunny: Now, the casual embroiderer might ask “What is going on there?” and “How is… Continue reading September: Needle Lace
There have been four posts thus far about this tiny needle case. In the first, I discussed my plans for the needle case including drafting the pattern and selection of materials. In the second I marveled at how long a split stitch face takes to stitch. In the third, I discussed in detail the way… Continue reading August: St. Catherine in her Golden Splendor
When I started my little Saint Catherine needle case I knew she would be a lot of work. So I suppose it makes sense she should be broken up into two months. This month I will be working on the goldwork of her gown. From looking at the Bowden Cope, there are several different types… Continue reading August: Goldwork
Lacis is hard. Its difficult to wrap your head around. My best advice is to do a bunch of samples before you start. Practice twists and turns. Then do a small piece like one of my flowers. And don’t be afraid to get this far and start over. Because once you get it, and getting… Continue reading Lacis: Starts and Stops
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About the 12 Little Needle Cases Project
12 Little Needle Cases is a year long project with the goal of creating 12 completed Needle Cases, each in a different embroidery style.
Each month I will write a post introducing the embroidery technique, historical samples, and the plan for my design. At the end of the month I will write a post including a step by step instructions for the needle case.
To learn more about the project click here.
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