Making slow progress on the pillow based on the fragment of what is thought to be a found in the V&A collection. When completed, it will measure 14 inches square. This will be the front side only. The motif is one used often, often with other motifs such as these, found in the Ashmolean museum collection online. Variant A or Variant B. At this time, about half completed with this project. Since it is a big one. Taking a break to work on smaller projects now and again.
New kerchief completed, done in running, double running, and spaced cross stitches. Hand hemmed, red and blue silk on 32 count linen ground. Turned out very vibrant! Aimed to keep the colors as close to the original as possible. Pattern may be found on the double running stitch page.
Still have a pile of things in process other items to class notes. So much to accomplish, so little time to embroider all the things!
Best get going.
New trinket pouch completed. Worked in the Mamluk style double running stitch. Also known to many as Holbein stitch. Red and Blue silk embroidery floss, worked on 32 count even weave linen ground fabric. The lining is the same fabric. Red lucet cording done in cotton created by my husband.
Pattern from a fragment. Recreation based on a design Found on the Ashmolean Website. Accession Number EA1993.215
Material colors used were chosen to be similar in family yet also for contrast and to be complimentary towards each other for POP and Wow factor of bright and new colors. Not to mention the all over design when completed.
Chosen were a dark dusty rose pink and a dark green, in stranded silk floss on linen. Completed January 14th 2017
Yes you read that correctly. Green and pink. A nice change to see from the normal red or blue colors so often found in many of the fragments and samplers for Mamluk embroidery.
Using what is on hand in the stash. A dark dusty rose and dark green colors of stranded silk on linen ground fabric. Compared to the original which may be found here.
Chart for this pattern may be found on the double running charts page under Ashmolean Museum section.
A friend gave me some gorgeous silk floss she acquired from Turkey. This was two years ago. Not until last week, while working on Ottoman Turkish and Persian embroidery research for possible class notes and to add more information as well as creations in those styles to this site. Inspiration struck hard and fast. Putting the research to the side for a bit. Straight back into the Mamluk styled pattern darning embroidered kerchief.
Materials: Silk embroidery floss on 32 count even weave linen.
Visited the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto last month. Relatively new museum opening in 2014. The official permanent home of his highness the Prince Aga Khans private collection.
There was a special exhibit about Syria. No photos were allowed in the special exhibits galleries. There was even a virtual tour of a Syrian home. Beautiful artifacts as far back as 2500BCE. Not to mention we could do template rubbings. Which I admit my inner five year old loved. for more information on the exhibit form the Museums website click Syria: A Living History
There was also an exhibit about the man who designed the new entry way to the Alhambra. Visiting there was already on the bucket list now its moved up a few spaces. for more on that exhibit click here.
The main exhibit hall as full of Lovelies. There was a secondary smaller room with only pottery on beautiful display from the 9th through 17th centuries. Five hours was not nearly long enough to spend there. Being a cold rainy fall day We did not get to explore the outside grounds which are also part of the overall Museum experience. Going back for another visit is definitely on the must make this happen list.
Gallery below are a few of the pics I took during my visit. Enjoy!
In keeping with doing other styles of embroidery, I present the completed second project for a friend for her elevation. Initially what had been planned was the creation of a sixteenth century Safavid Persian embroidery piece in the form of a head scarf. Ended up being inspired to do some bead work and the project took on a life of its own. Morphing into a bead adorned "trinket" pouch. Many miniatures and paintings from Europe and the Middle Eastern regions show various different styles of embroidery beaded and gemstone adorned pouches, purses and bags being used upon ones person throughout history. The pouches are great for keeping small items such as make up, cell phones, money and car keys among other small modern items people carry upon their person.
This was also a pure bling piece. To create and do for a fun and wonderful friend. Who has encouraged and helped so many others across the Society for Creative Anachronism world wide. Without wanting anything in return, except to see others succeed and achieve their goals. She is an inspiration to many including myself to keep on going down “those rabbit holes” with research. Challenge one self on multiple levels.
Recently completed chart with two variations of an original Mamluk Egyptian inspired design which represents a "laurel wreath" pattern. Created specifically for a dear friend in the Kingdom of Atenveldt. For her elevation to the order of the laurel in November. A creamy almost white linen is being used as the ground fabric. The embroidery will be done in green silk thread.
Pillow freshly finished. Photos of the Front & back of the pillow. Pattern is loosely based on a fragment found on the The Metropolitan Museum of Art website. For those interested the charted pattern is found on the pattern darning charts page of this site.
To be presented at a later date. A gift for friends, the Lord & Lady of House Silverthorn. Colors chosen as they are in the household colors. Ground fabric is cotton Aida cloth, Embroidery is cotton floss and the piece is stuffed & completely hand sewn.
Next project will be a kerchief and pouch for a friends elevation to the Order of the Laurel in the fall. I am truly honored to be able to participate and do these for her. Cad hardly wait to get started on this project.
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