Sunday, January 20, 2013

Some Sunday!

Well, you know you just have those days sometimes?  I had planned to catch up on a lot of your blogs, and start work on the windows on Daviot House, but everything conspired against me today:  lost contact lenses,   cat tangled in my silk thread box, burst pipes, backed up drains and a washing machine flood...*sigh*. 

 I will try to catch up wth you all this week, and I'm looking forward to reading everyone's posts!

On the upside, I finished off my 72 holes per inch petit point firescreen.  Finally!  A couple of months ago I said 'It'll be quick - I only have the background to finish'.... famous last words.  

But it is done now, and will look great in the hall.  I'd take a photo of the screen in the hall to show you, but the light is terrible right now (I'll wait until morning)...

I have to find some cording to finish off the edges, but it's looking ok so far!

The screen will always remind me of Elga, as she sent the House of Miniatures kit to me in a giveaway - the only one I have ever won - and I like the idea of having something in my house with a connection to my online mini-world.

Here's hoping your week will be much better than my Sunday!


Sunday, January 13, 2013

1860 Portfolio

A new listing for my shop - an art portfolio embroidered with a tiny violet plant and filled with sketches dating from around 1860


Friday, January 11, 2013

From Russia With Love

    There is something wonderful about being able to find the story of past embroiderers whose work we are inspired by today.  While searching for inspiration for the hall armchairs, I came across this painting and associated needlework.  

   They belong to the Victoria and Albert museum, and are related to Jane Vigor, a very interesting 18th century character, who embroidered them.  You can see her holding her embroidery on the far left of the painting, and below are some examples of her work.

Jane Vigor was a fascinating, yet little known person, who spent time in Russia at the court of Empress Anne.  She wrote about her experiences, and to all accounts was a lovely and intelligent woman.

You can read more about her here.

I love these seat covers - they incorporate some of my favourite elements, and the rich blue-greens and bright yellow.  I shall be using these as inspiration, though I am using a deep ruby red silk.  I like imagining what her life was like, and her own design process when she made them.


All images copyright V&A Museum

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Petit Plug...

I was so happy that you liked my little sewing box, that I made another to list in my shop!


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Broken Resolutions (already!)



I know I said I would have a break from embroidery, but ....

I couldn't resist making this little sewing box and accessories...

With a matching scissors case

Maybe if I leave it lying around, someone will finish my upholstery for me!

Happy 2013!