Re-stringing my viking necklace during the week made me think of this…
This was done to decorate my viking dress (It’s the kind with the bit that goes round and an apron at the front, I seem to remember that at the time it based on the latest research) about fifteen, maybe sixteen years ago?
It’s silk laid and couched work done on dupion with 60/2 nm silk, also using split stitches and satin stitch. Design is based on a tombstone from st Paul’s churchyard, London.
Obviously were I doing this now I’d do it slightly differently – mostly in that I’d have done the red in split stitch rather than the less authentic and more likely to get snagged on things satin stitch that I used at the time. I’d also use a better silk for the base these days, but back then getting any kind of silk was difficult, and I seem to recall I started this on a whim and finished it in four days flat, so…lets just say I used what was to hand. I can also get better pearls these days, but all in all I think this stands up pretty well – I certainly wouldn’t feel ashamed to wear it at an event.
Also, I promised Branny he could have his photo put up to remind you all of how handsome he is-
er, tha didn’t quite work out, did it? Let this be a warning to you – this is what happens when you can’t be bothered to get out of bed o watch the birdies.
Branny insists I post a replacement.
He says that’s better