27 September 2007
25 September 2007
The patterns for the slips I am working on are adaptions from period examples. These ones come from the set of uncut slips from Traquair House in Scotland. They are late 16th/early 17th Century. The patterns were good but not quite the right shape, so I changed the orientation and made them squarer. When they are sewn on they will have a rough diamond shape to them, which is seen on many other period examples.
I think there are images of these slips in Historical Needlework: A Study of Influences in Scotland and Northern England by Margaret Swain.
The silk I am using on this project is a flat, non-twist silk that I buy from a nice person in China via eBay. The prices are very reasonable and you can order single colours if you like.
23 September 2007
22 September 2007
21 September 2007
He loves to drink running water. Normally, he uses his water fountain, but sometimes he still likes to play in the bath with the shower head.
This is my boy playing in the water. He doesn't like baths but he is a bit of a water baby. He is standing in the water coming out of the shower head.
20 September 2007
I had the day off today and managed to get the blue slip finished. I ran out of one of the colour greens. I had ordered more but they sent me the wrong ones back and I forgot to reorder the correct colours, so there is one bit with a slightly lighter green in it. I am going to work on all the bits of the last slip - the yellow one - and hopefully the green will arrive in time.
19 September 2007
You need to register with the website. Once you have done this and logged in, as you use the search engine to find images, just under the right hand bottom corner is a link saying: Order High Res Image.
Click on the link. It will then add it to your order. Once you've finished adding the images you want, you use the left hand navigation bar to "View Your Order". Once you've completed the required details and promised to abide by the usage instructions, it will then send you a link to a page to download the high resolution images.
The first time I used it, it sent the link to me via email. But the second time it didn't. If you don't get the link within a few hours, you can view the order by clicking on "Recent Order History". Click on the order number, and the link will come up.
Once you have downloaded the images, clear the order so that you aren't using the museums valuable storage space. They are being very generous and user friendly by providing this service, so it is of benefit to us to be polite and follow their requests.
Due to the technical issues, you can only order 30 images at a time.
Email or IM me if you have problems.
18 September 2007
17 September 2007
16 September 2007
This is the pattern I used for my pink bag. It is free for personal use. You can share with people in hard copy form. That is, you can give people print outs or photocopies, but not post it on your own websites. Feel free to link back here.
15 September 2007
14 September 2007
13 September 2007
I haven't been working on it much. I had a very unproductive but enjoyable weekend of watching lots of movies. I tend to be a tv show person more than movies, but I was in a movie mood.
It's been extremely busy at work and will continue to be for a few more weeks, so the blogging may be intermittant during that period.
7 September 2007
Sigarda is currently working on a piece whose design is based on the Lindisfarne Gospels. The coversation turned to stitch selection. She is currently working a section in chain stitch. I suggested that using split stitch might give the work some movement. It's a bit hard to describe what I mean, but it's the effect you get when you hold this work up to the light at an angle, and it has light coming off in different directions, following the direction of the stitching. Even though it's flat, their is direction and texture in the work.
The silk heraldic work above hints at what I'm talking about.
5 September 2007
So, I am going to use a tried and true method to get some feedback - bribery!! ;-)
I have a heap of Aunt Martha and other transfers for embroidery that I don't have any use for. So if you would like some free transfers, please leave a comment on any of the posts on this blog.
Feel free to comment on an old post or one of the newer topics. Comment on the post or a general comment on what you like about this blog or what could be done to improve it.
Or, post a link to your blog or pictures of your embroidery work so we can all check it out. At the end of the week, every comment (that's right, each comment earns an entry) will be put in a hat (either Elizabethan cap or Aussie Akubra) and I will draw three names to receive transfers. Comment early, comment often!!