Follow along while I work on a year long project combining historical research with practical application of embroidery techniques.
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
Lacis is one of those strange forms of embroidery that is daunting and difficult because it is so alien to the usual suspects of embroidery (i.e.: stitching on fabric). However, it is no different from needle lace, which is very similar to button hole and three dimensional embroideries found on padded work, and can use… Continue reading July: Lacis
As you may recall, my June Embroidery is a free embroidery project. I chose to go the path of opus anglecanum and combine both split stitch and goldwork to create a little needle case of St. Catherine. However, both of these types of stitching are incredibly time consuming, and I have decided to split this… Continue reading June: Free Embroidery Progress and Change of Plans
Free embroidery is often thought of as that type of embroidery that doesn’t fit into any of the other categories. The one that comes to my mind first and foremost is Opus Anglicanum (Latin for English Work). This type of embroidery was made in England in the 12th to mid 14th centuries. It is a… Continue reading June: Free Embroidery or My Opus Anglicanum
This month’s needle case is a beautiful Italian cross stitch negative space design of three acorns patterned from a ca. 16th century modelbook.
The invention of the printing press was a boon to society, even needle workers! in the 1500s we have an explosion of printed model books full of amazing patterns. As a student of art history, one of the things that fascinates me to no end, is that these model books were copied and reprinted by… Continue reading May: Counted Thread, plan and pattern
Have I ever said I love working with natural fibers? There is just something wonderful about working with wool. Its sticky, and sticks to the fabric, which is sometimes problematic, but I love the way it works up for embroidery. Working with wool thread in this piece was magical. To read about how I selected… Continue reading April: A Laid and Couched Lion
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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.
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