12 Little Needle Cases

June: Free Embroidery Progress and Change of Plans

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

12 Little Needle Cases

June: Free Embroidery or My Opus Anglicanum

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

12 Little Needle Cases

May: Counted Thread, plan and pattern

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

12 Little Needle Cases

April: Couched and Laid Work Pattern

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).