Thursday, 12 October 2017
I thought I,d finished , but as I looked at this more close up photograph , I noticed on her shoulder , under her chin , a very small area unfinished still , just a few more orange stitches ....maybe just three little stitches ....
I,ll soon put those in and then away . . . . .
......and on to the next thing ....
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Nearly finished , just her veil and boots to stitch ...oh ...and that little bit of orange on the folds of her gown that I missed .
Saturday, 7 October 2017
These illuminations come from a manuscript of a french poet Martin Le France 1410-1461 . Titled- Le Champion des Dames . (public domain)
I have always loved these two endearing little witches ..said to be the first ever depiction of witches on broomsticks .
Sweet little medieval witch ...I am going to stitch you today !
I,m stitching her fast to try and capture the fast action of the medieval scribe's quill and brush .
I wonder about the children he watched at play outside , in the courtyard below his window Two little girls riding their hobbyhorses ..using their mother's broom sticks ...maybe ...
I,m just needle painting here really ..... using stem stitch and crewel stitch to outline before filling in ...shading and painting with long and short stitch .
I,m using Appleton's Crewel Wool .
I love using these the gorgeous Autumn colours too !
That picture came out a bit dark ....but look there's a little rainbow !
That's better....a bit more light ...
Halloween is a simple affair for me here in England ..no money spent on fancy costumes or trick and treating.... I need every penny for Christmas ! But I might put out a hollowed out swede or mangelworzel with a candle inside ..as children we played Bob-apple ..trying to bite an apple up out of a bowl of water ....we had toffee apples..battled with conkers . ...told simple spooky stories ...and talked about old superstitions ....nothing more than that really .
When I did my family history,at around the 16th century, I found two girls of my family who had been put on " the ducking stool "or "swum" in Coldred , a village in Kent . I was so shocked to find that and it really brought it all home to me . So very sad ...and there are still today many other places in the world where being accused of being a witch is a terrible frightening thing .
Anyway .... my little witch , is a little sweetheart ....maybe I,ll stitch her friend too !
Thursday, 14 September 2017
Prepare outline of design shape to be filled using point de tige .
Yes, lets set the Bayeux Tapestry Stitch apart from the rest and learn a little French !
Ha ! Ha ! Point de tige -- is Stem Stitch !
O.k so I got a little bit carried away with my Stem stitched outline and stitched a Quatrefoil window !( I also used plain easy Satin stitch for that ).
My wool arrived ..I think I already mentioned that I,m using Appleton's Crewel wool .
I ordered mine from www.vikingloom.co.uk . Surprised to see new labels !
I,m using a beautiful piece of antique linen .
Point de lancé - Take the thread from side to side, but not across the back .
Barrettes - Perpendicular threads carried across about 5mm apart ..and once again ,not across the back .
Picots - tiny slightly slanting stitches which hold down the Barrettes . About 5mm apart alternating .
The reverse - shows how this embroidery style does not waste precious hand-spun and dyed wool .
I managed to do this piece without a frame , but if I were doing a larger piece , then I would definitely use one .
I,m beginning to love the Point de Bayeux ! Maybe I will do a larger one !
Sunday, 10 September 2017
I finished my tiny Halley's Comet , my first attempt at doing Bayeux Tapestry stitch . The thing is , this is is actually a process of working three stitches together , which I will be able to show more clearly in my next post .
So I am sorting through my wool again and deciding on colours .
I even tried out the colours together with my colouring pencils .
This will just be a little sample to go into my personal stitch book .
I prepared this Quatrefoil medieval window and I,m going to fill it with Bayeux Tapestry stitch .
I chose my colours and as always happens , I haven't got enough of Appleton's crewel wool no 481 to get started ! So I,m now waiting for that (and a few others ) to be sent to me from The Viking Loom .
Meanwhile I am going to put my feet up and have a lovely browse through these two wonderful books .
The Bayeux Tapestry by David .M.Wilson and Herbier medieval by Bruno Fogliazza .
Simply the best book ever on the subject of the Bayeux Tapestry and Bruno's book shows beautifully , how to do and use the Bayeux Stitch for other modern designs . I love your book Bruno !
I also give here the link to Chantal James wonderful website https://www.bayeux-broderie.com/gb/ ..sigh ..I wish to go and see her workshop !
Tuesday, 29 August 2017
I finally decided to stitch the flag of Saint George .
I decided that the stars should just sink into the background , not to make a big thing out of them with bright colours and definitely no beads .
I only put a little yellow colonial knot into the centre of three of the stars .
It got me thinking though , about medieval stars and how we often see them illustrated in early illuminations .
I thought I would start with something small .
1066 Halley's Comet - Isti mirant stella - which translated means "The people marvel of the star ".
I chose to stitch it as it is now , with faded colours , although , it is said , that on examining the reverse side , the colours have not faded all that much .
The Bayeux Tapestry is actually Crewel embroidery and not a tapestry at all .
The word crewel comes from the old Anglo Saxon word "cleow " which is wool fleece spun into two fine threads and then twisted together .
Worsted means a fine smooth thread which has been spun from long staple wool . Staple meaning the length of the fibre in the fleece .
Crewel work is embroidery with this fine wool .
Sigh, my photos didn't come out , where I show you how I do Bayeux Tapestry stitch .(boring bit ---Picasa have stopped running and I,m supposed to change over to Google Photos which is not as good as Picasa so I,m told . So I will go away and see what I can do and put those pictures on next time hopefully . I am not a rocket scientist ! )
I amused myself for a long while looking at the sun , moon and stars in old illuminations .
I love the flower like stars of the illuminations of the Visions of Hildegard von Bingen .
I love the bright colours of these 11th and 12th century illuminations .
I bought some lovely blue linen which looked lovely on line but turned out to be too thin really for my crewel work , so I decided to use it to doodle and experiment on .
I thought I,d give this very expensive Bohin white fabric marking pencil a try . I usually am quite happy with an ordinary pencil , well a soft lead one anyway ...my pencil has nearly worn out !
I drew it on freehand and actually went over it twice .
By the time I had stitched around the star , the middle circle had worn away .
So, if I use this again in the future , I can see that I should only draw a little bit at a time .
It makes a beautifully fine line though .
It is a scorching hot Bank holiday Monday . The beach is filled with happy families once again . The roads are busy with people driving from place to place .
I take my little dog out nice and early ,while it is cool ,for her walkies , usually over at Goonhilly or the woods .
Then hang out the washing and retire to the Summer house to read and paint and stitch .
Too hot to do any gardening ....although maybe later as the sun goes down .
I,m thinking and praying for all of you caught up in Hurricane Harvey . Hope the rain will stop soon and help arrive swiftly to those of you who need help and rescue .
Monday, 21 August 2017
Making good progress with my medieval cog ship , but have some decisions to make .
I will come back to the waves , as I have been moved to embroider the stars .
The stars on the seal look like little flowers , so to make them a little bit more star like , I was thinking of putting french knots in the centre .
Maybe heraldic gold crewel wool ...
Maybe gold thread .....to give a little sparkle ?
Maybe silver thread would be better ?..maybe a little bit of silver glinting in the waves ?
.... and what about the flags ?
Should I do the flag on the Seal of Stralsund ?
Should I just keep it a neutral and just pick a colour ?
... or do the Cornish Flag of St Piran ?
That would be fun !
It didn't come into use until 1838..so that wouldn't be quite right ....sadly .
The flag of St George would be o.k .
That was in use on ships at this time in medieval history , around 1340.
I spent a very relaxing hour playing with my beads ....
....and looking through my box of goldwork threads .
I just cant decide !