I've finally been able to get back to working on my cloak. The baby has been taking most of my time, so progress has been slow. I have now finished both tails and a few bits of the knot. The picture doesn't show the longest piece of knot that was finished along the left side.
Needless to say, this will not be finished in December.
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...not very much progress but I think it looks not bad :)
...but now I am quite sure that I won't be able to finish my project before the end of the challenge deadline because it took me a rather long time to finish this piece of rather small embroidery *sigh*
Here's hoping I am inspired to work on this again soon! I really want to have this done on time for the second deadline!
Wish me luck,
I have finally acquired all the materials I need for my challenge item. I have some lovely black and blue wool and gorgeous yellow linen. I will be making some warm winter cloaks for the ID Viceregal Couple. These are not meant to replace the lovely brocade cloaks, just to give a warmer option for cold days/nights.
I have the cloaks cut out, and the sun template made. I hope to get the suns cut out and begin appliqueing them on this weekend after Kingdom University. I hope to see many of you there. I will only be day tripping, and will spend much of my time in the 3 weaving related classes!
The two heads:
These will be seen one over each shoulder on the front.
I have only one tail finished at the moment and am working on the other. I'm finding that I don't like filling in circles with embroidery but now that the heads and this tail are finished, I only have the two circles on the other tail to do. After that, the stitching will be much straighter. These tails have been modified from the original design. My husband had decided that he likes these better than the original. They are quite similar to one of the tails in the original. The bit of red at the bottom of the picture is part of the neck carried over from the front of the cloak. The heads and tails aren't very far apart and were actually switched around from the original design to put the heads on the front of the cloak.
I like how following the outline of the design in my stitching has created a bit of a design within the heads and tail. It gives it a bit more distinction than just being a solid colour with no texture.
I realized after drawing the tails out that they don't really look like they fit the bits that lead out to them, but the original was like that too, it's just that the centre base of the tail is a bit more pronounced in this than the original.
So here are the first photos from a Part of my hunting scene on the green Woolgown i made.They showing only the Conture right now.I don´t know,if I fill up the figures complete or if I make only some parts like the Gowns.I dont want to fill the horses.Also I cant finish it since December .I have not really enough time in the Moment with my mundane job to make some more embroidery.
I've switched projects to something that doesn't quite qualify me anymore. I started doing a life size part of an Icelandic altar frontal a few weeks ago. It's fast turning into a huge project along the lines of a bedspread or part of a section of a bedspread. Or possibly a fur lined sleeping bag for my son.
I've done versions of the stitch before, but not in this variety. So far I've spent as much time unpicking as I've spent stitching. The biggest hassle has been the colors. I have a fairly large selection of weaving yarns to choose from, but despite being able to buy plant dye shades......a lot of the green shades are a century or so too modern. In the end I figured a dark bluish green would be a better solution than a faded green. The aim is the vibrant possible colors of the 15thC, not the faded shades we usually see today.
Anyway, I can't wait to see the end results from the rest of you.
It's being held a little crooked here, but you can see most of the design.
Here is what it looks like without being held out. It's a bit difficult to see what the design is.
The original plan was to fill the design using red silk. We now have the silk, but he is not sure if he wants it filled or not now that he's seen the outline. I decided to do a bit of a test to show him what it would look like. This is the test I finished this evening. I want him to see it in natural light before making any decision. I'm not sure myself what will look better, but I tend to lean towards filling it.
The decision has yet to be made as to whether I will fill the design with colour or leave it with just the outlining. I think either will look fine. The plan is to do a test piece to see what the filled pattern will look like.
Since the weather has been warm, I haven't felt like keeping the cloak on my lap to work on, so I've started my next project which is a pair of embroidered cuffs to go on another of my Persian robes. The fabric is a lovely blue wool. I'm using a fine silk for the embroidery. The design is actually a Turkish design, but I like it enough, that I'm not going to worry about putting a Turkish design on a Persian robe. Again, pictures to come.
the dress is lined and I really hope that the weather won't be to hot on Saturday or you will see me melting away - I am sure this dress will keep me really warm (also if the weather will get cooler)
Here is the back of the cloak being held up by my husband. The finished half is the half somewhat angled away from the camera so you cannot see the design really well. I just didn't want to make him hold it very long to get the perfect picture.
You can see the red and blue stitching where I have yet to do the proper outlining. I have removed most of that temporary stitching where the outlining is finished. We've gone back to debating whether or not to fill in the design. The plan was to fill it with red.
...ok, my new project is my dress for Fiona's coronation - because the bodypart and the sleeves are lined I think it will keep me very warm at Coronation and I hope that I will be able to finish at least the dress until Coronation and the embroidery for it at least before the deadline :)
I will count this dress also for my A&S50 challenge - 50 new things for the wardrobe :D
...and I promise you that I will try to finish Anya's Laurel Cloak and my Wallhanging also as soon as possible :)
I have make for me a green wool gown after a authentic Cotte pattern ,and I sew it all by hand.Racaire and Anya know,thats some new for me.The last gowns I sew ,I sew all by machine.I decide to embroider it with a Hunting Scene in differnt shades of green silk thread.I want to take the split stich for my embroider,but as I get the silk, I see I cant use it for the this.The silk I buy was from Madeira and it´s like Ancor/Mez/Dmc embroidery thread.Is have 6 threads and I have no whole thread I can split.So I will look these day for another Stich I can use ,that I not know ,or not use so often.I will embroider the Conture of the Human and fill up some pieces by the horses or the trees completly
Here are the first photos of the gown and the hunting scene
I have to shorten the Sleeves:-)they are a little bit to long
On the Sleeves I embroider Acornleaves and Acorns.The Acorns self I will embroider with silver thread
Lovely Greetings Alenn
I've made some progress on my husband's cloak. Here is a picture with him wearing it. The heads don't quite line up, but that's just because it's on slightly crooked. I've outlined the two heads as they wrap over the shoulders. It took 3.5-4 hours to outline one head including the neck to where it meets the rest of the knot. I'm using 2/12 silk in yellow for the outlining and will be filling it with red silk of the same size. It will all be done in a chain stitch. He has decided (after I ordered the silk from the States) that he wants them to have blue eyes. I'll have to come up with some way of doing that. I may just use my finer silk that I have rather than placing a new order.
Now to continue the outlining. I was hoping to have the outlining finished for when we go to Double Wars, but I think that is quite unlikely now.
I have decided on split stitch, a.k.a. opus anglicanum. According to several sites, including the West Kingdom Needlworkers spit stitch article, this stitch was very popular in France during the 15th Century. As Salonge's persona is based in modern day France during the 1400's this seems and appropriate stitch to use on her cloak!
Now it's just a matter of deciding how much I need to enlarge the pattern she gave me, getting it on the cloak and deciding on the thread to use! Then I can get started and hopefully finish in time for Viceroy, along with my 2nd blue linen sleeve, and weaving prizes for the Viceroy A&S Competition!
I've finally managed to start my 'Something to keep you warm project'. Jahanarabanu was kind enough to help me get the pattern from the computer onto my husband's cloak. This is the back of the (very heavy) cloak being held up by me. We used Jahanarabanu's projector and a bit of chalk.
She had also been so kind as to alter the pattern for me so that it would fit a bit better onto the cloak. This included swapping the heads and tails of the serpents to put the heads in a useful position.
The second picture shows where the heads of the serpents have been moved to be over the shoulders.
There is a bit of extra line where I had originally marked where the head should go.
Because it is impressive how quickly chalk lines can disappear, my first priority was to then do a long running stitch over the lines to make them more permanent. This will be easy to remove as I do the actual embroidery. I used whatever thread I had to hand to mark the lines.
Here I was going back with a different thread colour and altering some of the lines. Unfortunately, the cloak was not up against the wall for drawing on and despite Jahanarabanu's great attempts to hold a box behind the cloak for me to write against, the very act of placing the chalk against the fabric altered where the pattern sat. I also wasn't able to do the entire pattern this way, so I have yet to add both tails to the pattern but I have altered all the lines on one half, including changing the lines that form the neck of the serpents so that they would meet the heads at their new location. That makes the one half ready to stitch apart from the missing tail.
Since I either love my husband very much or am a glutton for punishment, we finally decided to place a modified version of this pattern (the original being probably less than an inch in width):
With the help of Jahanarabanu we modified the pattern so that the heads of the serpents/dragons would come up over the shoulder of the cloak. We have not yet transferred the design to the cloak, so I'm sure that there will be a bit of further adjusting.
The cloak is black or very dark blue wool. My plan is to outline the whole thing in yellow silk and then fill it with red silk. I plan to use a chain stitch for all parts of this.
I fear that this may not qualify for this challenge, as I probably cannot document this kind of design on a cloak, especially for his time period and place (early period German). I also will not be using any new stitches. I had already planned this project before I heard of the challenge.
...and I made some pictures of the pearls I collected till now:
...from the left to the right side: pearls sent by Bridget (not real pearls but they will be perfect for the gloves), Katharina (the colorful ones), Fiona and finally my own pearls on the very right side - you are great my dear friends!!! ...and many thanks for plundering your treasuries :)
Alenn, Odi, Halfdan, Drago, Ruven and Kasssa donated some money and ordered some pearls for Anya's cloak and as soon as they arrive they will forward them to me - thank you soooooo very much - you really rock! :D
I am still waiting for the pearls Anya wanted to send me but she seems to be very busy at the moment and I don't want to bother her with this.
...btw. if you find some pearls that you would like to donate, please don't hesitate to write me a comment here or an eMail :)
...ok, I hope I will soon have a photo of the first embroidered roundel for you :)