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All the small things...

This is what I'm working on right now:

That's the upper right sleeve piece I've finished outlining - 86 hours.  Once I've finished the outlining, I'll go over all the pieces and do decorative fill stitches, detached buttonhole stitch, and gilt thread work.  Once all the embroidery is finished, I'll apply spangles all over.  Then, and only then, I'll cut everything out and sew the pieces together by hand.

I have an absolutely glorious acid green Dupioni silk for the lining, which I got from Fabric.com.

For reference, this is what 36 hours of work looks like:

That's the lower part of the right sleeve that I'm working on currently.


That's spangles from Reconstructing History, tambour gilt, gilt silk passing, and gilt silk twist (in black) from Thistle Threads, and 4 yards of European Linen in Ivory from Fabric.com.  The silk thread in black is from Halcyon Yarn, as I can get it from them cheaper in quantities - I have 10 cones of silk.

It's going well so far.

Sorry not to write in more detail, but I've spent the day going from work to the doctor's office, and from there to the pharmacy to get my script filled, since current drug dispensing policy will not allow me to get my meds filled automatically.  And I'm one of the lucky ones - my doctor doesn't argue with me about whether I need to continue getting pain medication.

But days like this are more tiring than most, so I'm going to curl up on the sofa with my pretty pretty project and watch TV.


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Jul. 28th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
It IS a very pretty pretty project! I'm sure it looks even more stunning in person. I keep telling myself, "one of these days... I'll have the patience to try that!"

Jul. 28th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
This jacket is going to be eye-popping once you finish it, because it's amazing even now.

Is that all stem stitch you're initally doing?
Jul. 28th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Reverse chain for the stems and double running stitch for the flowers. :) I didn't want to do anything larger for the stems because the design is so dense.
Jul. 28th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
That is going to be AMAZING. How are you outlining--with chain stitch? Is it your own drawing/design?

Edited at 2009-07-28 09:38 pm (UTC)
Jul. 28th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
It's just double running stitch - it's the size of the thread vs. the density of the design that makes it look rich. The stem/vines are reverse chain. The design itself is from a period piece - it's also available as a coif design - it's "Alice".
Jul. 28th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Wow. It's gorgeous already!
Jul. 28th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
Laura, you are my hero.......4reals.

Jul. 28th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
*grin* I'll wear mine, you'll wear yours (*wink*wink*), and we'll be scary together.
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Jul. 28th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)

*goes to light another candle on her attack_laurel altar*
Jul. 28th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
Follow up point: I am convinced that you are mad enough to have made sure that the patterns on this piece will 'match' at the edges when the seams come together.

Am I crazy? Are you? *chuckle*

What is the tendency for this in period pieces?
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Jul. 28th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
i am envious of you that your doctor gives you pain medication.

i am HAPPY for you that your doctor gives you pain medication.

i am in awe of you at your handwork. just...wow. wow, wow, wow. :)
Jul. 28th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
We now carry gilt passing threads in two sizes, just so you know. =)

I anxiously await more progress!
Jul. 28th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. Deity.

This is lovely. May I ask something? I am really leery of using black silk because I am in utter dread of the dye running. A coif or partlet needs to be able to be washed. What would Attack Laurel do?

Tiny Cranky Tudor would give you one of her percocets from the dentist if she could :|
Jul. 28th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
I don't wash them. The silk is too fragile to be washed regularly, so I just wear them very very carefully.

I did wash my embroidered shift once, and it ran a bit, even in cold. So, I don't wash. :)
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Jul. 28th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
wow...I'm in awe. its more beautiful than I expected.
Jul. 28th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Wow. Just...wow.

In other news, thanks for the box of goodies!

Jul. 28th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
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Jul. 28th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
The vines won't be covered- the centers of things will have round stitches of gold - you'll have to wait and see. I just wanted black outlines on the motifs, with the gold in the center - I thought it would look nice. :)
Jul. 28th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmmmm. Black-and-gold deliciousness!
Jul. 28th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
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