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Historical Sampler - Company for Motifs II

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1 August 2008

Historical Sampler - Company for Motifs II


This picture is from Thomasina Becks "The Embroiderer's Flowers", page 35

It happens to show perfectly what I was talking about in the post "Company for Motifs"

The top image shows that some scrolling vine designs have just leaves to accompany the flowers.

I want to do buds, and seed pods, and half opened flowers, to get experience with the different shapes so I'm looking for more complicated motifs.

The lower image shows the kind of motif that I want - much more clearly than the image I scanned from Nevinson's book for the other post. (yay - I really wasn't happy with that). Beck has the Nevinson image as well (page 64)

There are heaps of these motifs in Beck's book.

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I've also been looking at the placement of butterflies, worms etc (insects) on the vines.

Dorothy Clarke's "Exploring Elizabethan Embroidery" has a snail sitting over a vine, obscuring it.

Looking at extant embroideries, the snails and other creatures sit on balanced on top of the vine, not over it.

Any insect may be free-floating.

I'll be using lots of the flower instructions from the "Elizabethan series" (I have 3 of them), but I feel I have to check placement, designs and colours carefully. The instructions on construction various flowers are really useful tho.

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3 Comments:

Blogger JoWynn Johns said...

Do you also have Thomasina Beck's book, The Embroiderers' Story? The chapter on Elizabethan embroidery has lots of images that might inspire you. I'm just starting to think about my Elizabethan-style project.

Friday, August 01, 2008  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

No I haven't. Trying to remember if I've had it out from the library.

Looking forward to hearing about your project!

Saturday, August 02, 2008  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

I'll get it out again (from the library)

*mostly asleep M*

Saturday, August 02, 2008  

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