Thursday, 29 May 2014

Finishing off

Those eagle eyed amongst you will notice a slight difference to the front of the bag. Yes, I couldn't resist fiddling, I took off the silver passing petals and replaced them with ones in Gilt Sylke Twist. I know it's not shaded but I just feel happier with it that way. The twist from America hasn't arrived so I have to go with what I can get. Now I can prepare to make up.

Finished front
First I decided to applique the silk brocade onto the canvas. That provides some support both when I make the seams and in the long term. I also slipped a piece of fine linen over the metal threads behind my embroidery to protect the silk lining from rubbing against them. Once stitched I applied diluted pva round the edges to stop the canvas fraying when I cut it.

Green silk brocade back
Then it was off the frame and cut out. The edges were folded in, the bag folded in half and I slip stitched the two side edges with strong thread. I worked on a clean, folded towel to protect the flowers.

Now for the lining. I had already sewn up a rectangle of bright pink silk for the lining. This was a popular colour to use and matched the pink in the chevrons and the rose in tent stitch, (the Gilt Sylke Twist is a slightly lighter shade). I had to use dupion not grosgrain as would have been used originally. This is also slip stitched in place.

Sewing the lining in
Then the metallic bobbin lace  made by Dianne from Gawthorpe was slip stitched in.

Attached lace
I do not know which bobbin lace pattern it is unfortunately but below is a close up for you

Close up of lace
Finally, I attached the handle which is made from a 5 element braid of twisted lengths of the pink silk and gilt passing

Finished bag front
There are no tassels or drawstring on this bag and no evidence of there having been and no narrow wares covering the seams. So that's it.

Finished bag rear

Last night I photographed the bag in candlelight.................... lose some of it but I think you get the idea of how it would twinkle and glitter and how the Gilt Sylke Twist catches the light. Today. the bag goes to its new home at Gawthorpe Hall where it will be used as part of the learning programme. I'm happy but also sad to see it go.


  1. It looks lovely - a great success!

  2. This is beautiful. great work!

  3. This is amazing and have a very beautiful finish too.Congratulation and I am sure the beneficiar will be very happy about it.

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    1. Thank you. I hope you enjoyed the journey!

  5. You must be so delighted with the end result. It is exquisite.

  6. Yes Erica and it's made me want to try a bit more Jacobean embroidery.

  7. Love the finishing, so elegant ! and the sparkle in the candlelight....brings mind to another time, a real gem !

  8. I love your embroidery and the combination with the bobbin lace- as a lacemaker myself it's great to see the lace combined with the embroidery. It looks like a fairly simple whole stitch and twist fan pattern but it's extremely effective in the metallic thread (hard to work to get the tension right as the metallic threads tend to be a bit springy). I hope you are proud of how it has turned out- it looks great and will be there for many generations to come.

  9. Hi, yes I am quite pleased with it, some things I'd do differently, but I learnt so much as I went along. Great to have the chance to do it, I love Jacobean embroidery.

  10. I just saw the Gawthorpe Textiles tweet about this project, and had to come see your process pictures and descriptions. Very impressive. from start to finish! Congratulations. I expect this piece will be admired and exclaimed over for many, many years to come :)

  11. Thank you so much Quinn. It was a rare opportunity to recreate an original completely!