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

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

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).

12 Little Needle Cases

March: Canvas Work, Plan Research and Pattern

This needlework piece is part of my ongoing exploration of different medieval embroidery styles. A full explanation of the project can be found here. No your eyes do not deceive you. It is not yet March, but February's embroidery worked up quickly, so we stitch onward! What is Brick Stitch? German Brickstitch (sometimes called Opus Teutonicum)… Continue reading March: Canvas Work, Plan Research and Pattern