I survived the trauma of creating something Victorian for our eldest son's recent wedding, I even did the bustle underskirt and I didn't disgrace myself. Didn't quite match up to wonderful daughter-in-law's creations and my other son's girlfriend's dress but respectable enough.
|Yes, she made the lot!|
|What a handsome group|
Like many people, I love those 17th century stumpwork pictures that you see in National Trust houses, all out of proportion but telling a story. So, why not? I found a picture of some unworked panels for a stumpwork box in the book 'English Embroidery in the Metropolitan Museum' and as I am at home I thought I could get everything ready before the course.
|17th century raised work design|
I started by making a tracing of the bare details and where they will be sited on the silk and then traced it on. You will see that the petals are not there just the stems and a mark for the leaves. I've padded up the clouds with felt and sheep's wool and a bit of felt under the sun and padded and satin stitched the ladybird's body ready for his wings
|Traced outline ready to go|
|Canvas worked sun ready to attach|
|Corded buttonhole needlace|
Tomorrow though I'll have a change and do a petal or two, maybe the ladybird wings, who knows. All I can say is I am in awe of those young girls who produced those panels to show their skill at embroidery. It certainly teaches you patience and dedication!