some luttrell pictures

•March 17, 2018 • 1 Comment

So I know I said I wanted to start posting random photos, but I’ve been stupidly busy this week. Instead I offer a Luttrell update

some floral border

and the first/last bit of music (first I’ve sewn, last in the sequence)


The post I forgot to title, I’ve edited it now

•March 5, 2018 • 8 Comments

So I’ve been thinking, always a bad sign.

I’d like to post more often, but often what I want to post is just a random photo of sewing I did today, without necessarily talking about it. This would be quite freeing for me, because I have a rule about posting something, anything, at least once in any given calendar week – I’ve stuck to this since day one because when I was thinking of starting a blog I looked around and relised that the vast majority of needlework blogs post once or twice a year, and as a reader I find this frustrating.

Due to this resolution I normally have two or three posts backed up to compensate for weeks when I’m not well or I don’t get much done. posting random work in progress pics would mean I wouldn’t have to do that anymore, because I don’t have to reach a point where progress is significant (to me, if not to anyone else) I could jsut post an update.

Then again I was wondering if I should have a completely separate instagram for just random details pics?

so here’s a poll, polls are fun

also, I’ve been toying with the idea of starting an opusanglicanum facebook group

and here is a random photo of the scary thing I did at the weekend

Luttrell music fantasy – pretty boys dancing in a row

•March 2, 2018 • 5 Comments

and that, ladies, is the main reason I go to the ballet

Luttrell fantasy number three – music

•February 26, 2018 • 4 Comments

I should have posted this ages ago, and I feel as though I’m rather behind with this whole piece, so let’s make a start.

Technically I think it’s another dragon, but this is a musical dragon, because he’s playing the trumpet.

Or he might be deaf and that’s his ear trumpet – you never know with dragons.

I’ve adapted him slightly because the original dragon had a leafy tail, and I’ve fused him with another piece of marginalia where a disembodied hand is holding a stick (which now has leaves coming out of it because), as the hand made me think of a conductor and his baton, so I think this guy is getting the whole musical symphony started, you see.

With this third piece I decided to add a further layer of sophistication by doing the faces in silk. As some of you who’ve been hanging around on this particular dodgy street corner of the internet for a while will know, this is a very period approach to laid and couched work, as the antependium was done in the same style, and is based on an extant piece.


•February 20, 2018 • 4 Comments

When I first looked closeley at the halo I thought the radials were also in gold thread surface couched, but when I looked again I realised they were split stiched silk. Then I spent ages agonising over what colour silk to use, as the original silk looks quite faded and did I want to brighten it? In the end I used yellow with the strip of white down the middle.

There are no pearls on the original, but there are gaps where pearls might have been, so I think this is an acceptable educated guess type reconstruction.

Next step is applying it to velvet and couching the wing feathers. I was going to do it whilst I sat sewing at York this weekend, but in the end the light wasn’t good enough, so it will have to wait until next week to be finished.

Alfie again

•February 19, 2018 • 2 Comments

This one belongs to Liz

I love the slight streakiness the dodgy dye has given to the stem stitch body, and it’s lovely to see the same design in different colourways

FReya and the puppy dog dragon

•February 15, 2018 • 4 Comments

I did this little viking image this week. I cartoonified her a bit,(in Gareth’s words the original viking pendant I based her on “had a face like a frog”) but I think she’s sreally rather charming.

There’s also my puppy dog dragon

And I made kits from both. If anyone would like one let me know, they’re the usual £29 each plus post, and include canvas, naturally dyed threads, and instructions.

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