Sunday, March 27, 2011

More Bayeux Stitching

This is the final creature on the set of cuffs previously posted.    They are ready to sew on the new gown!  They will be machine washable due to using superwash wool, which will be a nice convenience.  The yarn is very thin so it took quite a while to embroider the two cuffs, with only 3 creatures on each cuff.  Imagine how pleased I was with my speed when my next two projects seem to speed along, despite one of them being a some what larger design!


Yes, this one is larger than the blue horse.  However when I thought about it, the decrease in embroidery time wasn't really that much.  First my threads are a tad thicker, so better coverage but I also forgot to track a couple of days time, so who knows, it may have taken more hours, although I doubt it.   The little green linen bag has a handspun, wool  lucet cord drawstring, is lined with an oatmeal coloured linen and is mainly stitched with linen thread.

For some reason I keep thinking of these creatures as dogs although I think they may actually be lions.  There are a couple of different maned creatures/cats on the Bayeux Tapestry borders.  One set of them looks an awful lot like real male lions, with full manes.  These are perhaps representative of lions, although I keep saying dogs when I look at them!  The first one I stitched is green and the second will be dark blue.   The linen I used here is coarser.  I won't do that again.  The stitches pull against the linen more easily, so you have to be much more careful when stitching. 

The next step in this project will be to spin and dye some wool yarns for a future tapestry / wall hanging for our Longhouse.  Of course it won't live there, but I can bring it out when we go to play.

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