Apr. 18th, 2010

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Redwork coif progress -- 28m of thread

I've been working on a redwork Elizabethan coif project for a while now--my biggest embroidery project yet, and first real project that's not counted thread. I'm using Extreme Patterns' ([livejournal.com profile] attack_laurel) "Mary" pattern, available from Reconstructing History. To be honest, if I'd realized which piece it was based on, I probably would have bought a different pattern--maybe "Alice". It's a nice enough pattern, just not my favorite.

Anyway, I'm using linen fabric and Au Ver Au Soie's Soie Perlee (a twisted filament silk, which I ordered from Threadneedle Street). It's currently double-running/backstitch for the motifs and reverse chain for the scrolling vines (faster and easier for me to keep consistent than chain stitch, but basically indistinguishable). I may fill in some of the petals with detached buttonhole (or I may save that for a coif that's less of a Learning Experience than this one), and I'm definitely going to add gold spangles.

More photos (28 meters of thread so far) and musings on what I've learned at my journal.
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
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Welcome to [community profile] historicalembroidery. At present we have one moderator, [personal profile] holyschist.

This community is for embroidery based on historical styles, whether you're making an exact copy of a period piece, something in the style of a period piece, or using the techniques of a particular time and place to make something new and modern! We are primarily focused on 500-1600 CE at present, but it's fine to go earlier and later. Any country, and time, as long as it's historically based.

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