April 25, 2018

We are going to stick up for “raised” embroidery.  Not that it needs sticking up for; it is a very popular and well appreciated form of needlework with many extraordinary people teaching raised, padded, and wire-form embroidery.  But here we go…

Raised work became...

April 18, 2018

In the early modern period, this little flower was known as a pansy, johnny jump up, three faces under a hood, a pink of my john, or my favorite: Tickle my Fancy.  But, most commonly and descriptively, it was called a “heart’s ease.”

This little flower comes in a variet...

April 10, 2018

These joyous spring flowers are a lovely inspiration for needlework.

This 16th century “daffydown-dilly” is worked in detached buttonhole.

Also called narcissus or daffodilly, the word “daffodil” is a variant of a Middle English word “asphodel.”  Shakespeare writes “daff...

April 6, 2018

Color is tricky to classify. What is teal?  Is it green-blue or blue-green? Brick red is “red” but how far into the yellow range is it?

When you’re researching needlework color can be the hardest thing to capture.  Sure, you’re going to take a ton of photos but the ligh...

April 2, 2018

Borage is a sweet little flower or, depending on your feelings, weed.  I’ve got a ton of them in my garden because they propagate themselves so easily.  The flowers are edible and my dog loves them. And the Elizabethans embroidered them all over the place.

As we ex...

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