Sunday, 17 January 2010

I’ve changed the name of my blog and I’m revising/updating/moving a lot of pages

Hope to get that finished soon.  I’ve kept most of the pages I’ve deleted so they will look the same, just be more thorough and have more piccies.  I’m sorry to inconvenience readers in this way but I knew it was a job that was ‘waiting for me’, as they say. 

I’m basically going to be doing an entire dissertation on Trellis stitch, as recent feedback would indicate, that non-visual learners would really appreciate that.  I’m a ‘pictures and diagrams’ person myself but I respect that we’re not all the same (TG) and I would like to help people.  I also plan to expand on the piece I did called ‘Considering Buttonhole’ as it brings together lots of bits of information I’ve gleaned and gets them down in one place, once and for all.  (Sorry to sound a bit soap-boxy here, but there is a lot of confusion out there.) 

This blog is changing I feel.  Its like it began one way and now its turning into something else.  I suppose I’m making it more structured as a linear narrative, of sorts, has emerged, in that my first tentative experiments have paid off and I have a system now that can probably help me to work out how they made the bag, or as it stands, perhaps 75% of it.  Of course that framework is growing all the time, in that I’m noticing more and more things in this particular example of elaborate dimensional embroidery, that I didn’t understand before. 

I would like to make it clear though, that the purpose of my of research into this period of history and indeed making the bag, is to endeavour to get inspiration from this rich visual style. 

So, it follows that when I get down to the nitty-gritty, l plan to have little digressions, you know, here and there en route, to make little things and experiment.  They’re always going to be ‘little’ mind, in fact, the bag itself only measures a miniscule 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches !

Of course, my life would be a lot easier if I just followed embroidery kits and relaxed more but I think the most exciting thing about embroidery, especially Elizabethan embroidery, is that its soooo inventive.  I mean its amazing what those people achieved just by varying  a limited number of stitches.  I read recently that its like ‘playing’ when you get into this stuff and I really do believe that.

Here’s one of the two finished hearts:

padded heart


  1. I just now came across this embroidery in hand embroidery ning network and fell in love for it.Is there any tutorials for this type of padded embroidery?Your works are all so neat and beautiful.Lovely work Beth...