Trevelyon’s Cap

Trevelyon’s Cap Final Photos

Trevelyon's Cap Final Photos

The sun did shine for a short time this weekend. It was late afternoon, so it slanted in the window as it does during the early part of the winter at about 3 pm. These photos have shadows which enhance the bright color and gold shimmer of the cap. I took quite a few more […]


A change of plans – not unusual!

A change of plans - not unusual!

The good news first: the first quarter of the border is finished. All finished. Both the silk work and the gold work are in place so it’s possible to see the final effect of the silk and gold next to the panel of the cap. And I must say, it looks fabulous! The little red […]


Trevelyon’s Cap – the border

Trevelyon's Cap - the border

Truly I cannot believe I’m at this point. As I stitched the last bits of the panels, I was thinking about the border, dreaming about coming so close to the end and now…I’m doing it! These shapes are tiny. Remember teeny tiny? Well, these are really teeny tiny. The little red heart shaped flowers are […]


Trevelyon Cap

Trevelyon Cap

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 […]


It’s a long row to hoe…

It's a long row to hoe...

Yes, you read it correctly -” a long roe to hoe”: it’s an expression that means you quite a bit of work do. Although I love doing goldwork and I especially like how it looks when it’s finished, it seem likes it’s taking a long, long time to add what I thought was the finishing […]


Aarrggh! and progress on Trevelyon’s Cap

Aarrggh! and progress on Trevelyon's Cap

Firstly I apologize for the completely weird email all of you received yesterday. I am moving to a new email server and (obviously!) I have a lot to learn. Really, I am an embroiderer who does OK with simple computer things but I may have met my match. I thank you for your patience and, […]


Adding gold around a flower

Adding gold around a flower

The silk stitching on the four panels of Trevelyon’s Cap is finished so it’s time to start adding the gold. Today I’m going to show you how I outlined one flower with gold thread. I used two different sizes of gold rough passing thread on the first panel of the cap; #4 and  #7. For […]


Trevelyon’s Cap progress

Trevelyon's Cap progress

This afternoon I finished the very last bit of the silk stitching on the panels of Trevelyon’s Cap. This means that all of the color is finished and only the gold is left to do. The cap looks so vibrant and the colors, bright jewel tones, glow in the light. The next step is to […]


Silk and Sunshine

Silk and Sunshine

It was a great weekend for stitching. I woke up Saturday morning full of energy and have stitched and stitched.  I got so much done that I even began to think about what I was going to do with the border of the cap – something I’ve been trying hard NOT to think about so […]


Efficient stitching

Efficient stitching

My father trained to be an industrial engineer. He was also in the military. My mother trained as a home economist and raised 4 children. One of my brother’s works for Ford. I know all about efficiency. I like to be efficient and I admire it in others. It saves time doing things that my […]


Teeny, tiny blue flowers

Teeny, tiny blue flowers

The Trevelyon’s Cap project is coming along…slowly but surely. Stitching hasn’t been at the top of my list since school started. Like most teachers, it takes a while to get used to expending the energy it takes to teach every day after the summer holidays. I hear you saying…I wish I had such nice holidays. […]


Repeated stitching

When the first panel of Trevelyon’s Cap was finished, many of you mentioned that the subsequent panels would go much more quickly because I had already worked the design once. You were right! It is going more quickly and more smoothly. It also is more soothing or more boring, depending on my mood. I’m stitching […]


A bit of golden sunshine

A bit of golden sunshine

We’re in England and having a good time. The weather has been typically English: sunny, followed by rainy, followed by partly cloudy, followed by torrential rain followed by… As I was working on more of Trevelyon’s cap, I happened to glance up and out of the window in my friend’s home and caught a glimpse […]


Using “Skitch” as stitching record

Using "Skitch" as stitching record

When we got our very first computer all those years ago, I remember someone saying computers would drastically reduce our use of paper. Speaking as a teacher, computers have not reduced our use of paper; in fact, I think they’ve increased it! I know computers are seen as a risk for important documents: you can […]


Do you ever think…

Do you ever think...

Did I really create that? As I added the gold to the first panel of the Trevelyon’s Cap piece, I started to get excited.


Paper clips + masking tape= solution!

Paper clips + masking tape= solution!

I can hear you thinking…”What is she talking about? Paper clips and masking tape? What do those two things have to do with embroidery?” A solution to a niggling problem that’s been bothering me for weeks now. The Trevelyon’s Cap project uses silk threads from Pearsalls’ Embroidery. These lovely threads are packaged in one of […]


Two questions about the Cap project answered

Two questions about the Cap project answered

Today I’m going to answer two very specific questions about the cap project. Both of them have been asked by readers in the comments section of the site and also in emails. Firstly, how did I choose the colors i am using for the Cap? I looked at the colors in the drawings in Thomas […]


My mind’s eye

My mind's eye

I’m finding with the Trevelyon’s Cap project that my inner eye isn’t as good as my inner ear. I’m a musician and was a professional for 25 years. I can hear music in my head and write it down. What I can’t do (yet?)  is imagine something in my head and then create it, knowing […]


Tervelyon’s Cap:Glittery leaves

Tervelyon's Cap:Glittery leaves

The first leaf went very well, the second one… not so much. What happened in between the first and the second? I was tired. Not late at night tired, but middle of the day sleepy. I could tell (if I’d paid attention!) that I was tired because I got short tempered. I yelled at my […]


Needle Needs stand – extended

Needle Needs stand - extended

The Needle Needs stand is now set up and in use in my studio at home. I can say that it’s a wonderful improvement on what I was using before. It’s more attractive and easier to use. My favorite thing about the stand is that I can turn over a piece of work so easily. […]


Everything smaller in scale

Everything smaller in scale

The rose below is only 1 inch/2.5 cm long. It’s little. The entire face of one side of the cap is only 4.5 inches/11 cm tall and 4 inches/10 cm wide. The cap is a miniature version of a full sized cap. The key words in these sentences are “little and miniature”. For a while […]


Trevelyon’s Cap – the leaf

Trevelyon's Cap - the leaf

While working with Nicola, I asked her advice on the Trevelyon’s Cap project I’m doing now. I’m not happy with it at all. The solution I was happy with a few days ago I’m not pleased with now. The long, narrow leaves just look too heavy, or too overwhelming, or too childlike or too…something! And […]


Hooray! I found the solution!

Hooray! I found the solution!

Remember that blue blob that was masquerading as a flower right in the middle of Trevelyon’s cap? It’s the one for which I could find no partner in nature. Well, I finally found a solution! And best of all, I didn’t have to take out any stitches, I only had to add a few. And […]


Detached buttonhole vs chain in a very tiny space

Detached buttonhole vs chain in a very tiny space

Last time I wrote about how difficult it was to work detached buttonhole stitch inside the tiny shapes at the bottom of the purple flowers. These little petals are only 1.5 cm/1 inch long and 0.5 cm/1/4 inch wide. By the time I worked chain stitch around the edge, there wasn’t much room for any […]