Two more great insights into the Royal Wedding from a stitcher’s perspective…
Mary Corbet, Needle n’ Thread (http://www.needlenthread.com/2011/04/royally-gorgeous-cope.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+needlenthread+%28Needle%27nThread.com%29) has a great story and link to the cope worn by the Archbishop of Canterbury and made by Watts & Co (http://www.wattsandco.com/ )
And today Kathy, Unbroken Thread (http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/ ) has a personal note and insight from the Royal School of Needlework about the bridal dress. I think the saddest part is we will have to wait a “statutory thirty years” to know anything about the making of this beautiful dress.
Hope everyone has time to stitch today! ttfn…sue
I set my recorders last night for the Royal Weddings, BBC, ABC and NBC; but I still got up this morning at 4:00AM to watch. I woke up, knew if I didn’t get up I would kick myself so I got up. I really enjoyed every moment and wish the BBC would have kept the entire day “live.” The Royal Wedding has its own webpage (http://www.officialroyalwedding2011.org/tag/homepage/page/1 ).
And in case you have not heard, the Royal School of Needlework (http://www.royal-needlework.org.uk/ assisted Sarah Burton from Alexander McQueen in making the Catherine’s wedding dress design become a dream come true. (http://www.officialroyalwedding2011.org/blog/2011/April/29/The-Wedding-Dress–Bridesmaids–Dresses-and-Pages–Uniforms ) .
I did a bit of stitching today…the first I’ve done since the carrots. I basted the areas for a design I am going to teach for my guild next year. Each square is individually basted so I can remove the basting before stitching the area. I have not set in stone what I am doing in each square nor the center yet but I have several ideas I am working through. I want very little if any compensation; I think it is much easier to understand a new technique if compensation is kept to a minimum. I have never been fond of the word teach, it always makes me think of someone who has more knowledge than someone else; AND trust me there are many stitchers who have forgotten more than I am ever going to learn. But I am going to share what I have learned by reading, studying, and practicing a brief study of pattern couching. I am using the following books for this study, but would appreciate any other suggestions anyone might have:
Jean Taggert; Laid Fillings for evenweave fabrics
Jane Zimmerman; Traditional Silk and Metal Thread Techniques on Canvas
Jane Lemon; Metal Thread Embroidery
I don’t stitch Christmas stockings, but I have a friend who has stitched about 20 or so stockings for her family over the past 15 years. I’m just putting this one on a scroll frame for her. I think this will be a good project for this afternoon as I see a nap in my future.