12 Little Needle Cases

September: Reticella, the finished piece

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

Inky Experiments

Inky Experiments 3: Shading the Underdrawing

This post is part of a series of practical experiments regarding marking under drawings for embroidery. An introduction to this project can be found here. Practical Experiment: Shaded Underdrawing After completing these experiments I had further questions:  How easy is it to use this ink over prick and pounce markings? How does solid Gum Arabic compare… Continue reading Inky Experiments 3: Shading the Underdrawing

Inky Experiments

Inky Experiment 2: Prick and Pounce

This post is part of a series of practical experiments regarding marking under drawings for embroidery. An introduction to this project can be found here. Practical Experiment: Pattern Transfer In my first experiment I produced a ink I think could have potentially been used by artists preparing fabrics for embroiderers. In that experiment I free… Continue reading Inky Experiment 2: Prick and Pounce

Inky Experiments

Inky Experiment 1: Ink Recipes

This post is part of a series of practical experiments regarding marking under drawings for embroidery. An introduction to this project can be found here. Practical Experiment: Ink Recipes To test these different ideas and search for the most ideal ink for embroideries I decided I would perform several experiments with both vine charcoal and… Continue reading Inky Experiment 1: Ink Recipes

12 Little Needle Cases

August: St. Catherine in her Golden Splendor

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