We now have 5 of the 6 panels sewn together! The sixth, the tulip one, is nearly done, just awaiting a blue butterfly and some more sequins and beads before being joined to the others. The last piece of the headband is almost done too.
In the meantime, we’ve discovered we’re about 8 strawberry flower petals short and there isn’t any thread the right colour left! Hopefully, there will be enough to cobble something together from the leftover scrap ends (fingers crossed!)
We continued the embroidered nightcap today. All the different pieces have been started and some are almost complete! After discussion the metallic thread was removed from the cornflower petals, which looks much better, and a butterfly was added to the aquilegia panel to fill a gap. The main tulip petal has been stiffened and some stamens added behind to enhance it.
The first pieces of the embroidered cap have been sewn together! Here’s the first two panels and the first two pieces of the headband.
It’s taking shape at last. The lining’s been done too. The other panels are coming along.
Some of our new volunteers had a go at practising needle lace today, hope they can still remember it in a fortnight when we meet again and have a go on a panel!
Next Monday is our next Costume Day, the farthingale’s repaired again, so I think we’re good to go.
Aquilegia (The caterpillar was hungry and has fattened up since his last photo shoot!)
And still a work in progress:
(There’s also a Pansy and other Strawberry sections underway)
Four of the panels are pretty much finished! They’ve been infested with insects and animals, then blinged with beads and sequins, similar to late 16th and 17th century embroidery. The 17th century stumpwork at Trerice has various insects and creatures in the background as well as small pieces of mica, beads and spangles (sequins).
The strawberries and strawberry flowers on the edges will be completed after the hat is assembled because they overlap the seams. We also had complications with getting additional thread for the strawberry petals, so we’ll need to mix and match the shades of pink later on.