This group discusses the embroidery of the 16th and 17thC. There is a seperate group for stumpwork.
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Started by Elmsley Rose. Last reply by Elmsley Rose Nov 22, 2011.
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I would think anything that has the heavy stylized look to it, with the swirls and the flowers but not overly swirly the pieces from Thomas Trevelyon have a lot of detail and depth to them. As for the thread I think anything would work from silk to cotton but I really like the look and texture wool brings to Jacobean and Elizabethan designs. The same thing could be said for the colors too, you can use anything in this style but I think the darker colors look best.
Also Carol have you looked here,
I simply love this pattern in particular but there's a whole bunch of other patterns and design kits available that are organized by experience. Level 1 being the more unfamiliar with needlework in general. The prices do go up a bit from one level to the next but there such gorgeous pieces and I'd love to get one.
Even if you don't buy anything the pictures are still fun just to look at too.
Kimberly thanks for the link to Thomas Trevelyon Embroidery Patterns from 1608. I chose a geometric flower for my design.
My question is what defines this period of embroidery? The yarn or thread choices, the fabric, the fabric color, colors used, stitches? The style of framing?
This is my first time attempting a design that is not a prepared kit.
Hi Lynette, I wish I could reach into my computer and pull that kit out from discountneedlework. According to their website (it is on the bttom in small print) they closed in 2011 and have not reopened. Another kit is in the UK but they want about $60 usa. for the kit plus shipping. Too pricey for me.
This website sells the kit below.
Hello, I am trying to locate an Elsa Williams Mayflower pillow crewel kit to purchase. Photo below. My sister and I have searched the web and have come up empty. There are websites and then no product for sale. If anyone has a kit to sell or see this kit someplace please contact me. thanks, Carol
Hello Elmsley Rose and Sue,
Thanks for the tips on how to transfer my rooster onto wool Much appreciated. Hugs Judy
Judy, there are a couple of other options beside the two good ones Megan has mentioned. It's not 'traditional' but for embroidery on felt or cloth, I often use the old-fashioned type of embroidery transfer pencil - the dark-blue waxy kind, not wash-out pens or anything fancy. Make sure you keep the pencil sharp so you get fine lines (they have to be covered with stitches). Just do the main lines: leave anything 'fiddly' to be put in 'by eye' when you stitch. Give the fabric a light press before you iron on your transfer, to flatten any hairs. Also make absolutely sure there are no stray 'crumbs' of pencil anywhere on the transfer before you iron it.
The other technique you might like is tacking the main lines through a thin-paper tracing with a needle and sewing cotton - slow, but no mess and it won't wear off during work - or show if you change your mind halfway through.
Onto wool....hmmmm, chalk transfer paper? You can get it in different colours. Or prick and pounce? Then go over that with a micropen (a water proof, fine tipped pen).
I have decided to go ahead with my wool crewel rooster project. Meaning I have never done Jacobean Embroidery I have gone out and bought Crewel Twist: Fresh Ideas for Jacobean Embroidery by Hazel Klomkamp, from Amazon. It had very good reviews. And I like the idea of new twists to old stitches.
I have also ordered some lovely Fine D'Aubusson and Renaissance Dying wool flosses from Hedgehog Handworks. I had not heard of them before so thanks for the information on this great site.
I have a lovely Rooster Rug in My Kitchen so I decided to use it as a pattern.. I now have the photo downloaded on my computer I need to some how get this photo onto my 100% Wool Fabric. I have a light box but it is not so great to see through the wool fabric. Does anyone else have any ideas???
Thanks for your help Hugs Judy
Hi Megan, So happy to hear that the mention of Twixt and the Eliz Stitches books was helpful. Hope some who were looking for these books will take advantage of it on Hedgehogs. You gave a great description of the Eliz. Stitches book and you are so correct, it is quite an informative book. I also bought Jacqui Carey's Sweet Bags book, another beauty and well done. Also nearly impossible to find now. I didn't remember the Twixt book being $30 when new, but from what you said about $300 on Amazon, it's wonderfully priced at Hedgehogs.
I started the butterfly bargello piece maybe 30 years ago and have now finished and framed it, but am puzzled by your comment that I changed the color-way. Was this some commercial piece I did? I have no memory of how I got the design at all. Please refresh me since you seem to know.
I am excited to know that you are doing Tricia's Stumpwork Casket Course, lucky duck! I can't wait to see your progress and hear more about the course. I am following your Stumpwork pins on Pinterest as well as several other people and added 17th c. Stumpwork as a new board for myself. What wonderful photos.
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