Progress on the Welsh Triskele cup cover. I’m split-stitching in a non-divisible spun silk thread, which is a little chunkier than DMC Pearl Cotton 5. It’s a little more, uh, rustic looking than I had planned, due to the larger stitches, but I’m actually finding that I like the effect. You can also see the madder-colored thread much more clearly than on the last post. Incidentally, the title of the post if the welsh work for coral; I couldn’t fins a translation for madder.
I got exactly one picture last week. I dunno why Linden keeps making these faces, when she knows I’ll post them…
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.
So, as the principle, or leader, of my Barony’s Fiber Arts Guild, I’ve been hosting a cup cover stitch-along, where I take everyone from choosing designs and fabric, on through to embroidery stitches and thread, to finishing techniques. And it occurred to me that I’ve been making and gifting cup covers to a lot of people lately, but I have none for myself. Gotta fix that.
One of the things I really enjoy doing is making scrolls for the Barony. The Stronghold of Hellsgate is a satellite group to Bryn Gwlad, north of us, but associated with us. They hold their own competitions to determine chivalric, rapier, and a&s champions.
This scroll is based on a Greek manuscript from the late 1500s. I used gold watercolor instead of leaf, because I don’t actually know how to do that yet (it’s on the agenda, though).
I substituted a delicate Uncial for the Greek lettering, and added a sword, since this was for the Chivalric Champion.
The gold does shine nicely, doesn’t it?
(Psst. They came from The Needle Works, my local embroidery shop.)
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.