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

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

Projects · Small Projects

German Brick Stitch a Major Embroidery Project

Sometimes a style of doing something hits you over your head and says I WILL BE YOUR FAVORITE THING. It often comes out of no where. I have never been someone interested in needle point. I have made a few piece over the years that covered the entire canvas. One was a crane needle point… Continue reading German Brick Stitch a Major Embroidery Project

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).