I wish you all a happy new year!
And hope that you had a good and enjoyable “slide” from the old year into the new one, as we tend to say in Austria! 😀
Looking retrospectively at the last year, it amazes me how fast 2016 actually went by. The last year was very busy, as it was filled with many different projects, research, learning, a lot of laughter and love but also some tears as some of us had to say good bye to some dear friends and family members…
After receiving a question from a good friend about books concerning 13th century embroidery and having some fun searching for academic papers related to embroidery, it seems like it is time again to share some interesting medieval embroidery related links with you. 🙂
First I would like to share a link which should be well known by now but just in case you are not aware of it yet – here it is again, my most favorite website about medieval embroidery:
This website is actually pretty old compared to many other websites but it is still one of the best ones when it comes to sources and pictures of medieval embroidery. It was a very helpful resource when I first started looking into medieval embroidery, which was about 12 years ago, and it is still a website I love to recommend when someone asks for period sources.
However, this website and some of its links started to fade away already some years ago – links change, websites vanish and therefore many of the links on this website are already broken. Nevertheless, I still recommend a visit to the site and if you find something that interests or inspires you, please download the content as long as some of the links are still working… Continue reading →
It’s time again for some embroidery. The focus of todays posting will be on some red silk embroidery and a tiny embroidered pelican.
I hope you are just as excited as I am. Today I am going to show you the technique which I used to embroider the red embellishment along the border of the middle part of the roses. And that’s not all – I also have a sneak peek at the little, very cute pelican which I added to the middle of one of the roses. 😀 Continue reading →
It took some time but today I finally have my third part of my rose embroidery tutorial ready for you. Todays posting will show you how I used Surface Couching to embroider the central section of the roses for my friends 14th century hood. 😀
But before we get to the embroidery tutorial, I would like to write a little about the last days and weeks as they were quite a journey for me. As some of you might recall from my recent postings, I was taking one test after another to qualify for my GED diploma. And though all these tests drained me mentally, I am excited to tell that all the hard work and concentration finally worked out. I managed to pass all my tests with a good or excellent score and should receive my GED diploma per mail within the next two weeks. Continue reading →
Gloria, my dear mother-in-law, took a lovely selfie of us both at the most recent SCA event – Coronation. This cute selfie allows me to finally show you my most recent 12th century project “in use”:
My new black 12th century fillet with white silk embroidery! 😀
How come? Well, after completing my new grey/black 12th century dress, I longed for a slightly different 12th century headgear than my ‘normal’ red silk fillet with pearl embroidery. And as the making of a new fillet does not take very long, I decided to simply make a fillet that matched at least one of the colors of my new dress…
Wow! What a week! During the last days I was struggling with fighting off a head cold as well as finally facing my driving test.
As easy as embroidery and some other things might come to me, I really struggle a lot when it comes to taking any kind of tests. And the driving test, which took place yesterday, was definitely no difference. I was a complete wreck before, during and after the test and not even my dear husband was able to calm me down…
Though the rose embroidery for my friends 14th century hood might appear quite simple at first sight, it is definitely much more complex than it looks like. Well, there is quite some work involved to make it appear so simple, proper and effortless.