18th Century Bedcover

Spring is in the air today! The sun is shining and I have the window open. Outside there are children playing and birds singing. All of this has put me in the mood to do something with bright colors and flowery designs. Something like what you see below.

This design comes from the book Embroidery Masterworks:classic patterns and techniques for contemporary application by Virginia Churchill Bath. You can read my review of it here. The original was worked on linen using wool thread. It was done almost entirely in chain stitch.

I’ll be using 32 Zweigart linen stitched with DMC cotton a broder (or floche a broder) in clear, bright colors. Continue reading

Embroidery Masterworks; Virginia Churchill Bath

My daughter took me to the most wonderful used bookshop in Eureka when I was in Northern California visiting her. I’m a pushover for old embroidery books and I spent an hour in the shop looking through all the books on various kinds of stitching. Right at the end I found a treasure! Embroidery Masterworks: classic  patterns and techniques for contemporary application by Virginia Churchill Bath.

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