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24 January 2009

Pearl Rose II and Detached Buttonhole without Return Leaf

Here’s the Pearl Rose with
- spiderweb stitch in the centre in Passing thread
- detached buttonhole with return in 3 shades of pink
- pearls for the sepals
- the foldovers done in Lurex satin stitch, outlined in Pearl Purl.
The outlining in Pearl Purl made a huge different to the foldovers. Much neater, and has really made the Lurex look good. I wish I had before and after photos.
Also, the pearl “flower” of 5 pearls that I showed as an original in
and some ‘buds’ – pearls outlined in milliary wire.
They need stems to attach them to the vine (I will do most of the stems on the piece in one big effort once I start doing the main vine)
I still have to do two more, below the lowest ‘bud’,  which are simple loops of pearl pearl with a line of pearl purl down the centre.
The idea for the buds with a milliary wire outline (although she used bullion) and using pearls as sepals came from Madonna Contessa Ilaria Veltri degli Ansari’s Embroidered Elizabethan Gloves, shown at
When I did my list of Elizabethan stitches, it occurred to me that I’d never done simple Detached Buttonhole WITHOUT Return.
So I did the leaf in DMC in order to tick off that stitch.
It’s vein is in Twisted Chain Stitch, done at an angle – if you look at it at ground level you can see it’s Twisted Chain Stitch but from above it looks a bit lengthened and strange. I’m not sure that I did it properly.
I showed the original of this leaf in
- with the pink to match the pink of the rose, and ‘variegated thread’ – two differently coloured threads together. That section stands out a bit of course, because it’s thread is twice as thick.
Now, this is the reason why I should never leave my sampler in it’s “resting place” on my couch facing *forwards* even for a minute :
I swear I’m going to have to roll a Pet Fur roller over the piece eventually – I’m forever picking off cat hairs. This is Jasper, btw. He seems to have a real affection for cuddling up to the sampler. (and this is my ‘embroidery corner’ :-)
I’m currently working on some Double Detached Buttonhole Leaves. I’ll show them once I have one completed, and show pictures of
Detached Buttonhole without Return,
Detached Buttonhole with Return and
Double Detached Buttonhole without Return
leaves that I’ve done.
After that are two leaves with Double Detached Buttonhole on Metal Return. (This is those 3 leaves left standing undone on the top left of the sampler –a real nuisance working right up against the edge of the frame at the points)

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Blogger Racaire said...

lovely! :)

Saturday, January 24, 2009  
Blogger Paula Hewitt said...

wonderful - the gold and pearls are a lovely combination.
and arent cats supposed to always sit in the most awkward (and comfortale) place? He is doing his calling in life.

Saturday, January 24, 2009  
Blogger Dragonsally said...

Jasper is saying "I haz job az 'broidery Xaminer""

No collar Jasper.

Very seriously beautiful

Saturday, January 24, 2009  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

Thank you all!

That's exactly what Jasper is, Sally!
He was back curled up against it today.

Nice photo, btw, Sal

Saturday, January 24, 2009  
Blogger Jane said...

I love the pearl rose, very beautiful.
I find low tac sticky tape good for cat hairs. My little helper has black fur, so they show up quite a lot.

Monday, January 26, 2009  
Anonymous EowynA said...

Beautiful rose of gold and pearls!

Saturday, January 31, 2009  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

Jane - great idea!

Eowyn - Thankyou :-)

Saturday, January 31, 2009  

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