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male 13th century tunic for the “12th century wedding clothing project” .8 – neckline embroidery finished :D

2015-01 Racaire 13th century tunic embroidery - neckline embroidery for 12th century wedding clothingWooohooo! During the last days I added many more embroidery stitches and finished the neckline embroidery for my sweethearts 13th century tunic. *happydance* 😀

Though the embroidery is very simple and rather basic due to the little time I have left for the whole “12th century wedding clothing project”, it adds a nice effect and a lovely golden sparkle around the neckline opening.

Talking about golden sparkle… – let’s take a look at the new pictures of the most recent neckline embroidery for the 13th century tunic for my sweetheart I have for you. Enjoy! 😀 


Concerning the neckline embroidery I decided to go with the same basic embroidery pattern which I already used for the sleeves. But due to my time issues I just embroidered the very first two lines of the whole pattern.

This gives me the great opportunity that if I ever have the time and decide to add more embroidery, I can just add the rest of the design which I already used for the sleeves and get a neckline embroidery which matches the sleeves. 😀

But to be honest, I am not sure if I will ever add more of the pattern to it – it’s just too much fun to start a whole new project with new embroidery once a project is finished.
….unless the “unfinished” status of this project gives me some sleepless nights in the future – *giggle* – I guess you know what I mean. Well, we will see… 😉

And again I have a nice close photo up of the embroidery for you as well:


…and a small embroidery hint of how you can easily make a nice backside and avoid a lot of extra work when you have a seam nearby which you can use for this purpose:


As I already mentioned in one of my previous postings about this project, you can easily hide the start or the end of your thread inside the nearby seams of your garment.

For this you just need to carefully work your needle as far as possible through the inside of your seam. Pull your needle with the thread slowly and with caution through the seam – this is the point where pliers can be very helpful.

The tip of the needle can be rather slippery when you try to to pull the needle with the rather thick thread through the small seam. But with pliers you can easily apply more controlled force and pull the needle and the thread rather easily through the narrow seam.


As soon as you pulled the needle with the thread through the seam, you can remove the needle and pull the thread slowly back until you nearly can’t see it anymore. Now you can thread a thinner needle with the thin couching thread.

If you start like this it’s always a good idea to secure the thick thread you couch with some stitches going over (and around) it with the thinner couching thread. This ensure that the couched thread doesn’t have much room for movement – or no movement at all. Furthermore you should start your very first couching stitches as close as possible to this point. 🙂

Well, enough neckline embroidery for now and I definitely need also an embellishment around the bottom of the tunic. The beautiful silk for the next garment – the over tunic for my sweetheart – is already washed and I really can’t wait to start working with it. Just some more stitches to add some sparkle around the bottom hemline of this 13th century tunic and I can continue with the over tunic! Wooohooo! 😀

Best regards Racaire