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. My first attempt at a flower Because… 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
I sewed together my first four of my needle cases! I used buttons and a needle lace stitch to create a loop for the button. I love how they look in person! And they function wonderfully! I entered them into the Mudthaw Virtual Arts and Science competition. If you would like to see me and… Continue reading 4 Little Needle Cases
When I think of Couched and Laid work, I think of the Bayeux Tapestry. This tapestry is a very long rectangular tapestry that depicts the story of the Norman Conquest and was embroidered sometime in the late 1000s! Legend suggests it was embroidered by the Queen and her ladies, but it was probably the work of professional embroiders and commissioned by Bishop Odo (William the Conqueror's half brother).
It is March and March is for Canvaswork! While I had previously planned, to release one pattern and one completed needle case a month, this one begged me to stitch it and here it is March 1, and it is done! As noted in my previous post here I used a 28 count linen even… Continue reading March German Brick Stitch Canvaswork