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12th century embroidery – Saint Michael and the Dragon – sneak peek.13 – Saint Michaels garment .1

12th century embroidery – Saint Michael and the Dragon – sneak peek.8…and again new progress concerning my “12th century embroidery – Saint Michael and the Dragon” project.

I added more stitches to Saint Michaels garment – more outlines and also more filling stitches. 🙂

I think that the drapery of his second layer at the bottom looks very pretty and I can’t wait to see how it will look like with more outlines and filling… 😀

I think you can imagine the final look of Saint Martin more an more now. Though I still have more than 50% of the embroidery unfinished, it feels like I am rather close to finish it soon… 🙂

Dark green, dark blue or even purple? …I am still not sure about the color for the outer border but I think a nice dark green, purple or the dark blue – the one I am using for Saint Martins second layer – might be a good color decision for this section… I guess that this will be one of the decisions I will avoid till I finally decide to start working at this section – like always… 😉 

…and again a more detailed close up picture of my Split Stitch embroidery of the new section for you:

Side note: I am normally not a fan of doing the outlines first. For Klosterstich or Refilsaum I normally do the filling stitches first and then the outlines. But concerning Split Stitch it seems to me that it is easier to start with the outlines and then to fill the sections.

With the already outlined sections one can really focus on how to fill this sections. This is not very important for this wool-silk thread but I have seen the effect of direction changes when this technique is worked in silk.

When the Split Stitch is worked in smooth and shiny silk, one can really see how the reflection of the surface differs with the angle one looks at it. This effect is awesome and hard to described until you see it yourself. Unfortunately not many embroideries like this survived the last centuries and they are rather rare…

*sigh* I think I really need to get some lovely, shiny silk thread soon. 😀

…I am quite sure I will have more progress concerning Saint Michaels garment for you tomorrow. 🙂

Best regards Racaire

PS.: If you would like to read more about the period 12th century inspiration for the design, embroidery technique,… then please read my first posting about this project:
12th century embroidery – Saint Michael and the Dragon