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Elmsley Rose

19 February 2012

Price of Reproduction Embroidery, Example

Wow - the second post in a day!

I came across this .....

One of a Kind 18th Century Reproduced Queen Stitched Ladies Pocketbook by Pam Gill $1250. This extraordinary one of a kind piece has been exquisitely reproduced. All hand done in the "queen" stitch, required months of tedious work, and has resulted in this lovely reproduction of an 18th century ladies pocketbook. The original ladies pocketbook can be seen in the Time Life American Country Series, entitled The Needle Arts book, page 26. I have included a photo of the original as seen in this book. The queen stitch was mainly used for small items during the 18th - 19th centuries because it is such a time-consuming and very difficult stitch to do. The color of threads used and the pattern design are taken from a photo in the needle arts book. The pocketbook measures 6 3/4 W x 8 3/4" H when fully open. It is lined with a salmon colored satin fabric and has two pockets. It is aged to look worn and used. $1250. Includes shipping for this one of a kind piece.

"tedious" work? I wonder who chose that word?
"very difficult to do".....not once one learns it.
"Mary Alsop" sounds familiar - probably a name that has come up on a sampler on the Needleprint blog.
....and wow! I wonder what the Masterclass, and other complex pieces of work we produce are worth, if only we  had the name and an established market?

My google-fu didn't discover a site for the embroiderer.

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An Awful Lot of Posts

I've done all the design and setting up for the Heart of Thistle project. I'm leaving the finishing of The Butterfly for when I get bored of tent stitching Heart.

I've got SO many posts to do! They are all notes in my notebook atm. Loads of info on

: reverse engineering a historical design down to a pattern that I've learn from other people and through my own experience,
: research on period Tent Stitch, and
: I also have obtained permission from Rennaisance Dyeing to compare their Elizabethan Range wool thread colours to DMC colours and publish the comparison chart here

 :-) However, I'm mostly asleep and not very coherent at the moment because of a medication course. Rotten timing! I'll finish the course next Wednesday. I'll feel properly like 'me' on Blogger again :-)

I'm looking forward to having the WordPress blog because I'll be able to answer your comments! I don't answer comments much atm, unless I e-mail the person, because I'm never sure whether the author will go back and look for an answer. That's a big drawback of Blogger. WP has "threaded comments" which you can subscribe to, and is MUCH better for seeing what is going on in the commenting on a post. It encourages answers, and whole conversations.

I must say thankyou to Rachel of VirtuoSew Adventures ( I'm very honoured to be mentioned in the same list as the other embroiderers. If you don't know them (Rachel has listed them in her latest post), then check out their blogs! They are all different, but wonderful.

13 February 2012


Recently I said that if I did both actual embroidery and worked on my new blog, it would be forever before my new blog would be finished.

Funnily enough, 2 days after writing that, I found that I needed a holiday. This blog (the one you are reading now) needs all of it's posts re-organised, and the new blog needs the superstructure built to show the re-organised posts, plus all the normal 'bloggy' stuff.

But I've been stuck in my bedroom since last March because of the bowel motility failure. And I've been feeling better since Christmas. I want out! At least as far as the loungeroom!

So I'm having a few days almost entirely away from the computer. Then I'll spend 2 hours per day on the blog.

I've finished the embroidery on the Gold and Silk Butterfly!! The finishing remains, and I will be doing that this week. I'm also working on the design for the Heart of Thistle.

I'm really enjoying myself! I owe 4 or 5 posts on the Butterfly to this blog, plus a post or two on the HoT (oh dear, that isn't the best abbrevation, is it?) design. So expect some actual real embroidery posts coming up in the near future.

I will be a bit delayed for the next week in that workmen are ripping apart my bedroom today to get at a wall, so it'll take me a day or two to get back on-line, and a few more days to recover.