I played truant today from non-essential things and carried on with my mirror - I was struck by creating mania. Obviously my little pause this summer worked wonders! And I wanted to thank you all for such lovely comments, they really make the needle fly!
I worked on the relief, or 3D aspect, which is a bit naughty, as I should finish the flat stitches first, but stumpwork is just such fun! You can really tell that they hd a great time creating fantastic pictures. I have chosen to use non faded colours, the colours that the original mirrors were decorated in, and I think it really shows just how bright and colourful the originals must have been.
If I turn the embroidery on the side slightly you can see the relief-work more easily
I love the fantastical flowers and birds
The little yellow butterfly which is completely out of scale, ust like the originals
And how do you like them apples!
A very dainty lady has a needle lace ruff and flounces on her skirt
It's coming together surprisingly quickly, but I have to get back to boring daily tasks tomorrow.... Sometimes I wish I were a 17th century lady with servants and leisure time to sit and sew for hours!