I have started an Elizabethan embroidery sampler in hopes of one day embroidering my own fitted jacket from the later period - 1600-1610. I had a piece of oatmeal colored linen and I am using dark blue silk embroidery thread. Here is a preview of my start:
|My stitching isn't consistent but I am really enjoying the process.|
|An expanded view.|
I am not quite sure I am using the correct stitches or not but I am enjoying experimenting. What I am using is a back stitch instead of a stem stitch, should I be using something else? I looked through Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 4 which featured cuffs, caps, chemises, shifts and shirts and collars. However, they don't really explain all the stitches so I am imitating the best way I know how.
There is one person, Bjarne Drews, from whom I would love to take embroidery classes from! http://www.my-drewscostumes.dk/ No, he doesn't offer any classes that I know of. Also, he resides in Denmark. Sigh. It would be totally worth the trip to learn from him. This man is amazing and is an inspiration! He embroiders 18th century gowns and accessories by hand. He is amazing. Did I mention that already? If you go to his web page (it is in Danish) you will love his work. If you are on Face Book - find his page and take a look.
Note to self: Take final pictures of hand sewn cap from Kannik Korner and post on it.