Thursday, 27 July 2017

Medieval Cog Ship Crewel


 New lovable  Kelmscott scissors ! Tied with colourful cheerfulness from Yarn Yarn .
A scrap of linen from my hoard  .
A Chenille needle with a golden eye  .  
Appleton's beautiful Crewel Wool.... the colours chosen as I progress .

           I'm still back in medieval times .  This time sailing on a medieval Cog ship .


                 The design is from the Seal of Stralsund and the date is 1329 .
                I want to bring it to life with lots of medieval colour .

                    I embroidered his little face first , to bring him to life .
              He can keep me company and tell me his tales of the sea whilst I stitch .

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Medieval Prince

 This is a piece I,ve been working on over quite a long period of time, little by little, whenever I have had a few spare minutes .
I still have quite a bit to do on this before it is finished . I have made a cord for his belt , the horse will have pendants and  tassels..I might put some stars in the sky and there will be more flowers in the grass .

   With a goodly selection of shades in my bag  at all times , I moved about the linen , as my mood took me ....drawing on the animals in pencil as they came into my mind ...or were suggested to me by friends and even interested passers by .The Prince on his  horse with his crossbow , was from the cover of an old book , it was just an outline ,there was no colour picture of it so I was free to choose the colours . The inspiration for the animals came from 13th century illuminations .

                              Here are a few photos that I took along the way .

                                                    Lots of hiding creatures .

                        A Jay up in the tree..I think I later stitched a nest for her to sit in .

                                           Trout in the pool amongst the tree roots .

                I have made a cord for his belt sew on ..coming soon .

                       The trees  , I wanted to be similar to those in the Bayeux Tapestry .

At this stage I had no idea that I would eventually fill the whole of the linen cloth .

                                                           The startled Raven .

                                   Soft comforting crewel wool and beautiful colours .


 I didn't use a frame , I rarely do ..I don't mean ..never..just , only occasionally ..but not for this piece .

                                               My trusty chenille needle .

                                                       A dragon appears !

                             So many shades of green favourite colour !

                                        That Dragon again coming to life !

                I will return to this and I have plans for it ,  but now it is time to start something else ........