For those of you who may not know I’ve been working on a miniature version of a gentleman’s cap using a design from Thomas Trevelyon’s Miscellany. Images from the book are available online at the Folger Library Digital Collection. I selected one of the designs, downloaded it from the site (which they give you generous permission to do!) and reduced it in size and made a pattern for the cap.
If you want to read about this project from the beginning, the place to find all the articles about the Trevelyon’s Cap project is from the “home page” of The Unbroken Thread. At the top right corner you will see the words “People, Places, Projects.” If you click on that, a drop down menu will open. Click on Projects, then on silk and then on Trevelyon’s Cap and you will find yourself on a page where all the posts can be read.
I’ve been working on this project since October 2011! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I began. Of course, I’ve done quite a few things alongside the cap project but it’s the longest running project I’ve done so far.
This is quite a milestone to have reached and I must admit there were times when I thought I would never make it. You know those days when it feels like you’re all thumbs? When your threads tangle, your needle comes off the end of the thread every time you move your hand, when you can’t ever find your scissors under the mess on your work table, when you think, if you have to tie off one more plunged gold thread you will scream? Yep, had days like that on this project. But today, looking at the little cap in it’s shimmery, sparkly beauty, I’m again inspired to keep going. Aren’t our creative spirits amazing?