So, yesterday was my mum’s birthday. Finally I was able to give her the present I’d meant to give her for her 60th birthday. It took me a little longer than planned so she had it for her 65th instead. It went down well:
Feeling inspired; though not in a writing way (on reflection, having a 1930s literary novel, a more light-hearted Baroque-period series and a Mills & Boon-esque book on the go all at the same time is a little de trop). In my defence, I did read an entire book on Handel in a little over a week and am currently working myself through “The Coming of the Third Reich” by Richard J. Evans but the writing itself is on holiday. Therefore, I decided to launch into my next embroidery project.
This is to make a pair of cushion-covered, embroidered in the Jacobean style. I have not yet got a sofa for these cushions but the fillers have lain in their packaging in the corner of my room since the summer so, no time like the present…
I had found some embroidery patterns online and, finally having enough ink and printing paper in the house at the same time. I printed them out.
Finally! A chance to use my light box! Unfortunately the bulb (replaced when the one it arrived with didn’t work) functioned for about 4 minutes. So I had to use my head-torch in the box to achieve the second picture.
This time there’s no pattern to follow so I had to decide on the colours myself. Not sure I stayed true to the Jacobean period but I tried to be reasonably close:
Obviously, the colours available in colouring pencils (or at least the ones I’d bought from Rewe an hour or two before) are slightly different to the colours available in embroidery wool / silk (I’m going to call it wool as I’m using Crewel wool for this) so I’ve made notes about the colours I intend. Particularly useful where I’ve started in one colour and then changed my mind!
The next thing is to decide on the stitches (I forgot about those when I took these photos) but that’s something to look forward to!
I think that’s enough for now. I’ve got a 12 hour teaching day tomorrow.