They’re done! And just in time, too. My lovely Baron and Baroness have decided to step down at Candlemas, in February, so I wanted to make sure that they cloaks were finished and wearable for our Yule celebration in December.
I kind of forgot to take more incremental pictures of Avery’s shield. Oops. The blue is long and short stitch, the yellow is chain stitch, and the black background is a diamond shaped laid and couched stitch similar to (but more widely spaced than) Phelims’s shield. The ermine spots were stitched over the black to help hold the laid stitches in place.
And all four shields, finished. I just got custody of the old cloaks, and am looking forward to making the new ones. They will be linen, so as not to be too hot in the Ansteorran weather.
Maybe a little more than halfway, actually. There’s the other two quadrants to be finished, and two lines of yellow chain stitch around the outside of the bowen knot, plus the stem stitch outlines.
Still chugging along. I’m trying to stitch at least a little bit every day, like I have been (or rather not been; I took the weekend off) with the spinning. I think my plan today is to finish that green section. Then on to the black at the bottom.
And, a long overdue post about Myfanwy’s device. I finished it some time ago, but apparently forgot to post the final pictures. The first one here is with all the split stitch and couched background finished.
And here it is with the stem-stitch outline added. I’m particularly pleased with the iris.
Welcome to the new blog! I kept finding that my other, mundane one was getting cluttered and that I needed more space for Elen’s work to be shown, as well as having one central place where I can put my documentation and class handouts. The SCA-related posts I made on the Sycamore Grove blog will remain there, but I’ve migrated them here and cleaned up the categories and tags. It should be much easier and more specific, now.
I’ve made some more progress on Gwenneth’s device. I stitched the bowen knot (that loopy cross thing that’s also on Myfanwy’s device [have I really never posted finished pictures of that?!]) in chain stitch, and the background in long-and-short stitch. I liked the idea of the radial background pattern, and I didn’t want to interrupt it with a couched stitch.
Here you can see the top quadrant finished. I’m actually a little further along on it now; I’ve finished the knot, and started the left green quadrant. I’m quite pleased with how it’s turning out.
And my thread storage system. It actually doesn’t hold much this way, just about two stitching lengths of floss. But it sure is pretty.
I’m still working on these. It’s kind of slow going cause I don’t have a dedicated embroidery space to keep my frame set up. It’s a little vexing. I’ve set myself the deadline of this weekend to get this one finished, because everyone is away at Gulf War this week. I want to have this one done so I can start on the next two as soon as Avery and Gwenneth get back and I can get their devices from them. The couching lines look a bit wobbly, and I’m not terribly pleased with that, but I don’t think the cloak it’ll be on will be worn very often, and it will be one of many patches on the cape. So I’m not stressing out too much.
I’m a quarter of the way done with the Baronial Coats of Arms. This one belongs to Phelim, the current Baron of Bryn Gwlad. His shield is amazingly simple and graphic, with translates well to a battlefield banner. I was afraid, however, of the large spaces being boring when translated to needlework. I elected to do a couple things to try to mitigate that.
The goblet is worked in split stitch, except for the hint of the inner rim which is satin stitch. I stitched the outer bell in a curve to simulate the roundness of the cup. The stem and foot are worked in a vertical-ish manner, for contrast. The background quarters are a modified Lattice Work stitch. The main difference between what Mary shows in her video and what I did is that the anchoring stitches are worked parallel to the long satin background, not perpendicular to them. I’m really pleased with the way it came out. Enough texture to be visually interesting, but not enough to take away from the intensely graphic nature of the design.
Next up: Myfanwy’s shield.
So close to being finished. And then, only three shields to go.
The first shield is nearly done. It went from this, to this:
in a matter of days. It’s actually even further along the path to the finish line. The top right quadrant is filled, with a pretty cream color. I just have to do the last quarter and then outline everything with a sable brown.