I finally finished the first redwork sleeve for my smock. After I posted it on FB, there were many questions that led to this more detailed post. First things first, here is the first sleeve off the frame.
redwork and plaited gold braid sleeve number one
In the beginning this sleeve was not going to be embellished so was cut out.
- Lesson learned: don’t cut your piece out til you have embroidered it. The first sleeve I had done a very small hem around 3 sides, this did not hold up so well when i was dressing the frame.
- Lesson learned: when drawing lines verify that your lines stay dark enough to see so you are able to follow the spacing. As you can see the spacing is off due to lines “disappearing” during my embroidery.
- Lesson learned: slow but steady wins the race… I learned to step away when I go frustrated with tangles or knots. Pushing through usually meant taking out hours of work..
- Lesson learned: Be present. This is a very difficult one as I am a squirrel and always want to do several things at once. The more I immersed myself into this project the more I enjoyed the progress.
As I start the second sleeve I will try and walk through the process in more detail than was done with the first sleeve.
Remembering the difficulties I had lacing the frame with the small hem, I chose to increase the width of the hem and use two rows of running stitches with a back stitch about every 5 stitches. This will hopefully create a more stable edge. ( yes I forgot to take a picture)
Step number two is dressing the frame. I am using a scroll frame as that is what I had available. The herringbone stitch is used to attach the upper and lower sleeve to the scroll frame.
Herringbone stitch, this is the cuff end of the sleeve.
Once both upper and lower ends were secured, I was ready to start lacing the sides. Button hole thread was the strong and easy to work with. Double strands were used where the space was larger and then decreased to a single strand as the lacing progressed up the sleeve. I have tried various methods that do not take as much time to set up but this method seems to work the best for me.
full frame laced.
And a close up of one side:
left side lacing
Ideally this would have been an uncut piece. The lacing was a challenge that had to be approached carefully and slowly to create an even tension on the small hem..
Finally to start the redwork..
and the second sleeve begins
Part 2: Duplicating the first sleeve pattern. The first sleeve pattern was very much “messed up” with the guidelines vanishing as the piece was worked on. Working out a feasible way to create the same look with just measuring and counting threads will be an practice in patience.
Yes, I have been busy unfortunately my projects have been gifts.. This becomes a problem when trying to keep a blog updated. Can’t let the surprise out.. but want to share what I am doing.. So here are a couple sneak peaks with the help of my assistants.
tired kitties after an evening of embroidery
So as I sit and embroider I always have a helper or two. 🙂 here are the two sneak peeks..
sneak peek 1
and sneak peek 2
sneak peek 2
These are my most recent projects and are completed . They will be posted after they have been presented. 🙂
Hope everyone has had a productive month. Many of my friends just attended GW ( an SCA war held in Mississippi) I wish them all a safe journey home with tales of their adventures. Time to plan for next year..
After working on the needlebooks a friend asked me if I would like to barter for a brickstitch pouch. She has inspired so many that I was determined to embark on a secret project. This is extremely hard, as sharing what project is being worked on and the tips and tricks that are learned during the process, is an important part of what I do.
First I had to find a pattern. There are several great sites to go to. http://www.wymarc.com is a wonderful website that was a great help. Between that and searching images I finally came up with the design I wanted to start with.
To set up the embroidery I needed a slat frame. I purchased basic stretcher bars and put them together. On the top and bottom I attached a stable strip of sturdy cotton. I then stretched base fabric (cotton) and attached to both the upper and lower bars by using a herringbone stitch. The next step is to whip stitch the side onto the frame. To keep this taut I tried to keep the insertions evenly spaced apart. (approx 1′ apart) using a sturdy cotton thread. Once you have secured your base fabric place your working fabric , measured and cut, onto the base fabric. Pin in place then carefully cut out a window leaving about 1″ of base fabric on back. turn in excess base fabric and secure the working fabric ( in this case aida) onto the base with a herringbone stitch. You now are ready to start your embroidery.
Back picture of dress frame with Aida attached
back view close up of side whip stitch and attachment of aida cloth
As I look back it would have been nice to have taken more pictures of dressing the slat frame. Needs to be put on the list of projects to do. The hardest part is removing the base fabric from behind your working fabric. This is the way I chose to do this. Please feel free to comment with other ways to accomplish this.
Then came 4 months of work. With the help of another FB group Historic Hand Embroidery I was able to work through this project with positive support and feed back. Below are progress pictures:
overview of pouch in progress on slat frame
close up of work in progress
Once you have finished the embroidery completely now it is time to remove from the slat frame and finish edges.
Now comes the fun part. 🙂 Putting the pouch together.. First I cut the Red linen to the size i needed and hand stitched it together leaving the top unfinished. To close the sides and get a finished look I chose to use a embroidered braid on the edges. The inspiration for this was Anne Newman and extraordinarily talented woman. You can find her at Raicaire’s Embroidery & Needlework . I will warn you her site is addictive.
back view: Pouch removed and finishing edges started
folded and ready for braid treatment
Once the sides were finished the linen liner was placed inside and a braid was again used to attach the two. Next was adding the tassels and making the eyelets for the top. The tie was made with finger loop braid. and the final touch was adding a squirrel charm.
It was finally finished and passed on to be used by a very special Laurel. I hope this has inspired encouraged everyone to try this stitch..
Jan 2013 our local SCA group had one of their yearly daytrip events. A small group of women were asked to hold a special “Rose Tea” . My friend and I decided to start a group that would focus on organizing luncheons and teas for small groups with in the SCA. We call ourselves “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Teacups” . It was important for me to show how much each and everyone of them meant to me as well as how appreciated they were. I had been playing with blackwork when I stumbled on “German Brickstitch”.
it wasn’t complete if you have a needle book you need somewhere to store them.. And the madness continues…
Off to the cigar store (they carry empty cigar boxes for a nominal charge and that money goes to the firefighters) picked up four boxes and went home.. ( okay so we also paused to see a movie) Finally home , now what do I do with these.. 🙂
and we have boxes.. But wait there is more…. though the smell of cigars makes me think of my grandfather, it really was not something that i wanted to pass on.. so one more addition.
I added a lavendar Sachet to the mix. on the right you see a finished box ready to go to its new home.
In the beginning the pictures are sparse but at least there are a couple.. If an more appear I will add them..