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
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
Blackwork is one of my favorite of styles, so it was no surprised that I whipped this month's embroidery up in a jiffy! Finished blackwork embroidery As you can see, I worked up my initial pattern for the flower and then decided to draft a pattern for the leaf. I believe the original flower pattern… Continue reading February: Blackwork
February is a short and bound to be busy month, and therefore it is good to have a nice easy project. I spent most of 2020 working on blackwork style embroideries. It was a style popular during the 1500s and later, characterized by dark geometric patterns on white linen. These patterns were sometimes, but not… Continue reading February: Blackwork Plan and Pattern
In 2021, I plan to make 12 needle cases, one each month, each in a different historical embroidery style.
The Plague year, the plague year! Its been a tough time to do anything. While working full time, despite decreased commute time and due to the overwhelming feeling of dread due to--the state of the world--I have had a hard time getting to projects, working on things, and hunkering down to finish projects started a… Continue reading Little Plague Projects