The embroidered area is about 22″ wide and 7.5″ tall at the rose. It is at the center of the long side of the oval veil.
This is a large scalloped veil that I embroidered for a friend to wear with medieval garb. For the most part it does not use medieval period styling, but when I started I was much more interested in having something to work on where I could just sit on the couch, and also practice my embroidery stitches since I hadn’t done much embroidery in years outside of corset flossing. By the time I had gotten all the way around the outside with one color of floss (there are three), I was sufficiently in practice that I am very happy with how the floral embroidery turned out.
The embroidery is done mostly standard cotton DMC floss and various metallic flosses on some sort of synthetic sheer fabric. The outer edge is entirely embroidered in three colors of floss, in a tailor’s buttonhole stitch. The pictoral embroidery motif was free-hand designed (I just sketched out the basic lines in light pencil as I went along).
Scalloped Veil – Embroidery Detail – Columbines
The pictured section of embroidery is approximately 5″ wide. It is made almost entirely with cotton DMC floss, in chain stitch. The golden thread for the stamen is stab stitched, holding small gold fill beads.
Scalloped Veil – Embroidery Detail – Bee
The bee is made with a combination of running stitch, double running stitch, chain stitch, and rope stitch, all in black cotton embroidery floss. The metal thread is worked with klosterstitch (the abdomen) and short stab stitches (the hairs).
Scalloped Veil – Embroidery Detail – Tulip
The tulip is made entirely with cotton DMC floss. The outlining stitches and stem are made with chain stitch. The filler for the flower is a trellis stitch. The filler for the leaves is a detached straight stitch.
Scalloped Veil – Embroidery Detail – Tudor Rose
The Tudor rose is made with cotton DMC floss and gold and silver metallic thread. It uses coral stitch for the stem, closed fly stitch for the leaves, closed blanket stitch and trellis stitch for the flower filler, and crested chain stitch for the edges of the petals.
Scalloped Veil – Embroidery Detail – Snail
The snail and the leaves it is on are approximately 3.5″ wide. The snail is made with thick imitation jap thread, couched with metallic sewing thread. He covers up a repair I made after accidentally cutting a hole in the fabric. The leaves are made in cotton DMC floss, chain stitch and detached straight stitches.
Scalloped Veil – Embroidery Detail – Dragonfly
The dragonfly is 3″ wingtip to wingtip. It is made with metallic embroidery floss, couched with black cotton DMC floss, accented with additional stitching in black floss to create the veining detail. The flowers to the left are made entire with chain stitch in cotton DMC floss.
Scalloped Veil – Detail – Right Side
Scalloped Veil – Detail – Scallop
The scalloped edge of the veil is created entirely with three colors of cotton floss using tailor’s buttonhole stitch.
Scalloped Veil – Back of Embroidery
For those of you who are interested in such things. It is a very large image so you can get detail from it.