As promised, here’s the other cup cover I’ve been working on. It wasn’t for the largess competition, so I wanted to post it separately. I had a cup cover that I was using, and two of the Queens (well the Queen and a former Queen) started play- fighting over it. So I gave it to one of them, and promised to make another for the ‘loser,’ too. And since then, I’ve tried to make pretty cup covers for all the Queens that have come. So this is the most recent. Her colors are gold, purple, and green, and her persona is something Celtic. Ish.
I know, I know. I promised a run-down of the fox embroidery. But i realized that I have two projects that need to be wrapped up first. The biggest one is the Double-Headed Eagle pouch. This was embroidered as a Christmas present for a friend (and only finished 7 months late). It’s worked in long-and-short stitch, in black DMC cotton floss (three strands at a time), on linen, and outlined in couched DMC silver thread. The eyes are silver beads.
The loop and drawstring are fingerloop braids (round braid of five loops, I think) done in black and grey pearl cotton. The drawstring goes through seven hand-sewn eyelets on each side, and is separate from the belt loop so you don’t have to fuss with the hanging strap to get into the pouch (I hate that).
The pouch is lined in natural linen for a finished look, and so nothing in there snags on the embroidery back. The sides of the pouch are finished in a looping braid-like finish that I learned from the fantastic Racaire. I’m really proud of how this project turned out. And I can’t wait to see the look on Marc’s face when I give it to him.
I read a lot of Heinlein novels. Which leads me to say that I will never ever think of a double eagle without thinking of this coin, which was gifted to Maureen by her father on her wedding day. Which doesn’t have anything to do with this post, except that this project features a double-headed eagle.
I’d been wanting to make a project for my friend Marc for some time, which is kind of funny, ’cause I tend to be a selfish crafter. But Marc is very kind and just getting back into the SCA, and I wanted part of his kit to be something he would really cherish. So I decided to make him a lovely embroidered belt pouch. And even though you can only see it just a wee bit, this project is stretched on one of my Christmas presents to me: an American Dream scroll frame. I love it. Unlike hoops, I can stitch with a hand on either side at once, and the tension is maintained much more evenly, especially after I sewed the edges with spare perl cotton.
Part of his intended device (coat of arms) is a double headed eagle, so I went searching for one that was vaguely Teutonic and not something that looked like it belonged on currency of some denomination. I settled on a design lifted from a 15th century banner. It’s worked in a kind of long-and-short stich that loks a little like feathers. I intend to couch some silver thread around the edges as a outline and add silver French knot eyes.