White 14th century XL hood for a friends Pelican elevation – working at the embroidery .2 – appliqué border embellishment with surface couching .2

2015-08_Racaire_Sams_14th-century-XL-elevation-hood_surface-couchingIt is amazing how much embroidery progress can be achieved when you really want it and set your mind on it.

As my husband can confirm, I really devoted myself to this project during the last days. With approximately 5 to 7 working hours per day, I managed to accomplish great progress in the rather short amount of time since I started the surface couching work for the appliqué border embellishment for the 14th century XL hood project.

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White 14th century XL hood for a friends Pelican elevation – working at the embroidery .2 – surface couching work started

2015-08 - Racaire - Sams 14th century XL elevation hood - 14th century hood - surface couching - silver thread - appliqué border embellishment

Yesterday, after completing the recent appliqué work for the 14th century XL hood project for my friends Pelican elevation, I was able to finally move on to the surface couching embroidery for the appliqué border.

And with the surface couching embroidery the fun part of this hood project just started for me. Yes, you can tell – surface couching for the win!

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White 14th century XL hood for a friends Pelican elevation – working at the embroidery .1 – first appliqué work finished

2015-08_Racaire_Sams_14th-century-XL-elevation-hood_applique_2Just some days ago I showed you a picture of my current 14th century XL hood project and the finished appliqué work on the right side of the hood. But my hands were not idle over the weekend. Over the last days I continued my busy work at the 14th century XL hood project.

And as I put the past days to very good use, I am very glad to say that all the hard work finally paid off! Yes, I achieved even more good progress and was even able to finish the appliqué work on the left side too.

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White 14th century XL hood for a friends Pelican elevation – working at the embroidery – appliqué work part .2

2015-08 - Racaire - 14th century XL elevation hood - appliqué embroidery - hand embroidery - 14th century hoodUnfortunately a nasty head cold is slowing me down at the moment. But regardless how bad the head cold is making me feel, it couldn’t prevent me from accomplishing some good new progress concerning the appliqué work for the 14th century XL hood for my friends Pelican elevation. 😀

It took again several hours and a countless amount of small stitches but I just managed to apply the last patch to the right side of the hood. Now I can finally focus on the appliqué work for the second side – the left side.

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White 14th century XL hood for a friends Pelican elevation – working at the embroidery – appliqué work part .1

2015-07 - Racaire - 14th century XL hood - hand-sewing - white wool fabricIt seems like time flies at the moment. The due date for the white 14th century XL hood project for a friend of mine moves closer and closer. But there is no cause for worry yet. I did put the last days to very good use and was therefore able to achieve a lot of progress. :)

After completing the work at the main pattern framework of my 14th century pattern project worked in Surface Couching, I immediately continued with the work at the white 14th century XL hood for my friends Pelican elevation.

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14th century inspired pattern worked in surface couching .10 – main pattern framework finished

2015-07 - Racaire - 14th century surface couching - hand embroidery - 14th century embroidery patternAnd finally, after all the recent postings about my progress, I am glad to say that I just managed to finish the main framework pattern of my 14th century inspired pattern worked in surface couching! 😀

But I wasn’t embroidering all the time – actually, after all the countless hours which I spent working at my current projects last week, I took a brake from my embroidery projects this weekend.

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Sneak peek at my next embroidery project – a 14th century inspired pattern worked in surface couching .9

2015-07 - Racaire - 14th century - surface couching embroidery - medieval embroidery - hand embroideryYesterday, after a weekend filled with fishing and hanging out with some of our good friends, I finally got back to work at two of my embroidery projects again.

First I managed to flatten the seams and also the rest of the fabric of the 14th century XL hood. And I also ironed the lovely purple wool fabric which I got for the appliqué embroidery.

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Medieval embroidery techniques – my new Surface Couching technique handout

Web_Surface-Couching_1_thumbnailDo you remember the sneak peek at my new technical tutorial for Surface Couching? Well, then I have some great news for you – the waiting time has paid off and my new Surface Couching technique handout is finally finished! 😀

It took a while to find some good pictures of extant examples of the basic Surface Couching embroidery technique which I cover in this handout. And it took even more time to put the whole handout together but it was totally worth it! I am mighty proud of my new handout.

And as there are several different variations of Surface Couching, you maybe might even look forward to more handouts about this technique in the future. Well, you know, sometimes it’s all about the details. 😉

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