Trevelyon’s Pocket: Design and Colour

I’ve been working hard on a new design for a miniature pocket, based on a design from Thomas Trevelyon. It’s unbelievable how much time it takes to draw, trace, edit, fix, erase, edit, redraw, copy, white out, redraw from an original to create a pattern that’s usable for us to stitch from. This is especially true when working in miniature, since a pattern that’s too crowded simply won’t work!

Here is what the original pattern from Trevelyon looks like.

And here is how it looks now that I’ve finished reworking it for embroidering in a much smaller area.

Here are all the Au ver a Soie D’Alger threads on the ivory silk fabric, including the gold passing thread I’ll be using. Just seeing them altogether makes me excited to get started!

I’ve decided on which colours I want to use but not where each colour will be used within the design. For that I will pull out my coloured pencils. I test each coloured pencil to see if the colour matches when the pencil is applied to the paper. Once I’ve found the best match, I make a note of which number pencil correlates to which number thread.

Then I lay them out as you see above, ready to experiment.  I always have a “whee of a time” colouring in the design! I usually do three of four different coloured designs before I find one I love and, even then, I often make adjustments as I stitch.

What do you think of the colours? Do you do the same kind of thing when designing a piece? Please leave a comment and share your process with us!



10 thoughts on “Trevelyon’s Pocket: Design and Colour

  1. Hi Kathy,
    Love hearing about your process. I’m just starting to do my own designs. I had a great moment last week when I was trying to decide the direction of sky stitches for a nearly-finished piece. I was able to use my newest toy, scan the piece into my tablet and draw in sky with the pencil. Took several tries, but what fun! I love your color choices. How did you decide on them? Would love to hear more.

    • Hi Georgia,

      As I investigated pockets from the period ( mostly on Pinterest and museum sites) I found one in the Bayerische Museum that I fell in love with. The colours are inspired by that pocket. Here is a link to the article I wrote about researching pockets a few weeks ago. There is a photo of the pocket that inspired the colours in this article.

      Liebe Grüße,


  2. Ohh yum yum, love the colours and design. I don’t design but understand and appreciate your thought processes. Will this eventually put out as an online class piece – please?
    Thank you, Linda

    • Hi Linda,

      So glad you like the colours! Yes it will be an online class…eventually! A big move to the USA before I can even think about that, but watch this space!

      Liebe Grüße,


  3. Yes I often like to match up colours with my pencils . Its a wonderful feeling isn’t it when getting all fired up to begin a new project . I have a book with Thomas Trevelyon patterns in . It is lovely to recreate those designs , so old ! The pattern is lovely , your colours are perfect and beautiful silk threads and’s going to be gorgeous ! I,m also thinking about adding a little gold thread to a little project that I,m working on .Ooh ! ..I,m like a wide eyed child when I open my gold thread box ! Debbie

  4. I use colored pencils for designing also since one can indicate stitch direction better with them than paints. I am intrigued that you found colored pencils that are such lovely subtle colors. Could you share the brand?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Kim,

      I am very lucky to have a set of Faber Castell pencils – 120 different pencils. They are expensive but I found my set – believe it or not – on eBay. A worthwhile investment. You can buy them one pencil at a time so, if you get a smaller set to begin with, you can expand it as funds allow.

      Liebe Grüße,


  5. Love it. Would be a delight to stitch and a companion to the cap. Good luck with such a move. I am always impressed when someone moves internationally. I couldn’t declutttter enough. Will you need a hole truck for your embroideries-done, designed, kits, notions and your current work!?

    • Hi Kerri,

      Probably not a whole truck…but a lot of space! I’ve been organising things in my workroom and putting lots of silica gel packets in the thread and fabric bags that I use to store my textiles. The one thing I”m “worried” about is having something with me to embroidery while I wait for everything to arrive! I can’t bear the thought of being “stitches” for 6 – 8 weeks!

      Liebe Grüße,


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.