New Spoonflower Fabric – Detailed Elizabethan Blackwork Floral Bands

Detailed Elizabethan Blackwork Floral Bands on Spoonflower Fabric, by Sidney Eileen

Detailed Elizabethan Blackwork Floral Bands on Spoonflower Fabric

This week’s new Spoonflower fabric design is Detailed Elizabethan Blackwork Floral Bands. This black and white fabric is inspired by the blackwork embroidery on an extant Elizabethan jacket, and is fully detailed for use as printed.

This design is also available as wallpaper and wrapping paper.

Find all the currently available designs at http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/sidney_eileen

A new design will be released every week!

New Spoonflower Fabric – Elizabethan Blackwork Flowers, Birds, and Bugs

Elizabethan Blackwork Flowers, Birds, and Bugs on Spoonflower Fabric

Elizabethan Blackwork Flowers, Birds, and Bugs on Spoonflower Fabric

My latest Spoonflower fabric print-on-demand design is now available!  This print, Elizabethan Blackwork Flowers, Birds, and Bugs, is based on the blackwork embroidery on an extant smock.  It has no filling design so it may be used as printed or embroidered over.

This design is also available as wallpaper and wrapping paper.

Find all the currently available designs at http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/sidney_eileen

A new design will be released every week!

Blackwork Forehead Cloth – WIP3

Further progress on the blackwork embroidered forehead cloth.  I have now done approximately one-and-one-half repetitions of the pattern, out of roughly eight total.  I started the embroidery using Soie Ovale, which I had on hand, but knew I had nowhere near enough to finish the piece.  Instead of ordering more of the same, I decided to order the flat silk from the Japanese Embroidery Center.  The first difference I noticed is that the Japanese silk does not retain a curled shape when unwound from the spool.  It is a much finer quality, with fewer, or possibly just much thinner and more delicate strands.  The total thickness is about 2/3 that of the Soie Ovale, which I actually like better on this design because it means the stitches do not become overcrowded from plumpness when shading the strawberries.  From a distance the difference in the two it is not immediately noticeable, but I do regret that the transition happened at the center front of the forehead cloth, which is the most visible portion when worn.

Blackwork Forehead Cloth - WIP4 - Flat silk embroidery on linen fabric, 16.5"x8.25" - by Sidney Eileen

Flat silk on linen, 16.5″x8.25″. The forehead cloth is outlined with a running stitch in all-purpose black thread, is stretched onto an embroidery frame, the pattern has been drawn in pencil, and I am stitching it with flat silk embroidery floss. The design is created mostly using stem stitch and running stitch.

Blackwork Forehead Cloth - WIP4 - detail1 - Close up to show the detail of the difference between the two flat silks I used - by Sidney Eileen

Flat silk embroidery on linen fabric, detail area is about 1.25″x.5″. This photo show very close-up detail of the stitching. This detail shot shows the difference between the two flat silk embroidery threads I have used on this piece.

 

Project: Blackwork Forehead Cloth

Scalloped Veil Embroidery – Finished

Scalloped Veil - Floral Embroidered Area, by Sidney Eileen

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 - Detail - Columbines, by Sidney Eileen

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, by Sidney Eileen

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 - Detail - Tulip, by Sidney Eileen

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 - Detail - Tudor Rose, by Sidney Eileen

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 - Detail - Snail, by Sidney Eileen

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 - Detail - Dragonfly, by Sidney Eileen

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, by Sidney Eileen

Scalloped Veil – Detail – Right Side

Scalloped Veil - Detail - Scallop, by Sidney Eileen

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, by Sidney Eileen

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.

 

Project: Scalloped Veil

Scalloped and Embroidered Veil, by Sidney Eileen

Scalloped Veil Embroidery – WIP5

Scalloped Veil - Detail - Embroidered Bee, by Sidney Eileen

Scalloped Veil – Detail – Embroidered Bee

This part is done, and I’m almost done with the veil entirely. All that’s left to embroider is a dragonfly, and then trim up the edges outside the scalloping.

The embroidered 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).

This is a detail photo of the bee area on a large scallop-edge veil that I am embroidering 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.

Visible in the image other than the bee are the two columbines and most of the tulip flower. The columbines are entire chain stitch for the cotton parts, with the stamen created by stab stitched golden thread and small gold fill beads. The tulip is chain stitched outline, and filled in with a trellis stitch.

 

Project: Scalloped Veil

 

Scalloped Veil Embroidery – WIP4

Scalloped Veil Embroidery - WIP4, by Sidney Eileen

In the past couple months I have embroidered the flowers to the left of the Tudor rose. The only detail left on them are the stamen, which I plan to add using metal threads.

This is a large scallop-edge veil that I am embroidering 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.

It’s 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 fabric outside the scalloping will be cut off when the embroidery is completely finished.  The pictoral embroidery motif is being free-hand designed (I’m just sketching out the basic lines in light pencil as I go along).

The new progress is everything to the left of the Tudor rose, which I have embroidered over the past couple months.  The only detail left on the flowers is the stamen, which I plan to do in metal threads.  After that I plan to add a couple more insects in metal threads before calling it done.

Scalloped Veil Embroidery - WIP4 Detail, by Sidney Eileen

Detail of the new section. It is all cotton DMC floss, mostly chain stitch. The only remaining detail for the flowers is the stamen.

 

Project: Scalloped Veil

Scalloped Veil Embroidery – WIP 1 to 3

This is a veil that I actually started embroidering many months ago, and those of you who follow me or are friends with me on FaceBook may have seen some of the WIP images some time back.  I had put it down for a while in favor of other projects, but I did some more work on it the past few days.  Below you will find all the WIP images up to this point.

Scalloped Veil WIP, by Sidney Eileen

The outer edge is entirely embroidered in three colors of floss, in a tailor’s buttonhole stitch. The fabric outside of the stitching (including the sharpie marks) will be trimmed off after all the embroidery is finished.

Scalloped Embroidered Veil, by Sidney Eileen

This is a large scallop-edge veil that I am embroidering to wear with medieval garb. For the most part it does not use medieval period stitches, 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.
 
The outer edge is entirely embroidered in three colors of floss, in a tailor’s buttonhole stitch.
 
The pictoral embroidery motif is being free-hand designed (I’m just sketching out the basic lines in light pencil as I go along), and is using a large assortment of fancy stitches. It also incorporates both silver and gold couched thread.

Scalloped Embroidered Veil WIP, by Sidney Eileen

Close-up photo of the tudor rose centerpiece for the floral embroidery. It is made with various fancy stitches, regular DMC floss, and metallic thread.

 

Scalloped Embroidered Veil WIP, by Sidney Eileen

Detail photo of the embroidery on the pot from which all the floral embroidery will emerge. It uses both regular DMC floss and metallic thread.

Scalloped Embroidered Veil WIP, by Sidney Eileen

Detailed photo of the tudor rose centerpiece for the veil. It uses regular DMC floss and metallic thread.

Embroidered Scalloped Veil WIP, by Sidney Eileen

Scalloped Veil – WIP2
 
Further progress on the embroidered veil. It’s standard DMC floss and various metallic flosses on some sort of synthetic sheer fabric, a practice piece to keep my hands busy when I’m not feeling well enough to do anything other than sit. The metal snail is couched onto the surface, and covers a repair from a hole I cut in the fabric taking out a blue flower that looked absolutely terrible.

Embroidered Scalloped Veil WIP, by Sidney Eileen

Scalloped Veil – WIP3
 
More progress on the scalloped veil.
All embroidery is done with regular DMC floss, freehand. The new part is the branch and flowers in the lower right, all in chain stitch.

Scalloped Veil - WIP3 - Detail   Detailed photo of the newly stitched area, and the snail.  The new addition is the lower branch and flowers, all created using chain stitch.

Scalloped Veil – WIP3 – Detail
 
Detailed photo of the newly stitched area, and the snail. The new addition is the lower branch and flowers, all created using chain stitch.

 

Project: Scalloped Veil