Normally I finish things, I have very few UFOs, but this is one of them. I would like to finish it, but I’m not sure what I’d do with it if I did. So for August I’m going to shame myself by showing them off. Or at least I’ll try and make them stretch through august whilst I’m mega busy with other things, because I really do have minimal Ufos

About 25 years ago I srated making a posh saxon frock, embroidered all over. I marked all of the pattern pieces on my gorgeous orange shot taffeta(which I think I bought in John Lewis’s sale for ten quid, because I’d only recently graduated), and marked out where each of the repeat patterns should be.

But other things have taken priority, and although I love this project it does feel a bit dated. Mainly because it was done with silk 60/2 thread, because this was in the days before the internet made it relatively easy to find filament. I think If I ever do finish it I might mix in some filament for the fancier bits.

Anyway, here are two of the repeat patterns, worked in split stitch and laid and couched work with a little bit of surface couched gold here and there. The deisgns are based on c9th metalwork, and I liked how they reminded me of japanese heraldic crests- esp the blue yellow one, which kind of looks like a stylised chrysamthemum.

They are maybe two inches diametre, so pretty tiny.

Maybe one day I will have time to finish it. But then I’d have to find a place to wear it, and I’d need a different crown to wear with it, and some sparklier saxon shoesies, and flunkies. There would definitely have to flunkies doing some flunking about

~ by opusanglicanum on July 27, 2020.

6 Responses to “spots”

  1. Yes, please finish this! Orange shot taffeta and bly and yellow silk with gold bling – what is not to like! Groovy, baby! My first silk embroidery was done with Gütermann Hela buttonhole twist, carefully split into three strands and straightened with a damp fingernail. Other than their sewing thread, that was all I could get. Sometimes the lack of the proper thread or a good range of colours, inspire useful workarounds and adaptations.

  2. Goodness, yes, please finish it! I’m sure an occasion to wear it will present itself once the garment is made!

    • it will need new accesories, although I do have a lenght of silk dyed shocking pink with actaul kermes that would make a lovely viel (no point in going for tasteful)

  3. Well, if you are in need of flunkies, I’m fairly sure you can borrow our chaps just about any time. They all had ridiculously good fun at Evesham. ^_^

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