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41  New Baby Cross Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: June 02, 2011 04:57:22 PM
A friend of mine had a beautiful baby boy earlier in the year, and as I know how much she loves handmade gifts a cross stitch had to made Smiley  She had the baby in February, but as she lives the other side of the country and we don't see them very often, I have only just gotten around to giving this to her!! The pattern is one I found in my pattern stash.  (If anyone knows the name of pattern/designer please let me know as I would like to purchase more of there patterns Smiley )  Only took a few days to complete, and was a nice simple design to stitch.  Stitched the name and date on when the little man arrived Smiley Here be some pictures -

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42  Silver Wedding Anniversary Sampler in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: June 02, 2011 04:49:56 PM
It was my Aunt & Uncle's 25th Wedding Anniversary at the end of May, and I wanted to make them something special to mark the occasion.  My Mum and I spent ages looking around the internets for a pattern that we both liked.  We eventually decided on this one - http://www.crossstitchuk.com/P/Cross-Stitch-Classic-Embroidery-Amathusia-Samplers-Silver-Wedding-Anniversary(8779).htm  I personally am not a big fan of working with floral stuff.  I've got so used to blackwork and working purely with one colour that the prospect of a rose with about 10 different shades was pretty daunting, even though it wasn't that big lol.   Not surprisingly this took a good few months to complete, mainly because I got so frustrated with all the colour changes!!  I was really pleased with the end result and very glad I persevered through the frustration of making it Smiley  My Aunt loved it so was definitely worth it! Anyway here are some pictures -

Thanks for looking, V x
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43  Blackwork Cuffs in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: May 22, 2011 10:53:23 AM
This my latest blackwork commission -

 A friend of mine is doing an event as Catherine Howard and needed some cuffs to add to the kit.  We spent quite a while researching patterns for this.  We decided to combine embroidery from two different paintings for this.  The first a painting of Jane Seymour by Holbein -

And this portrait which is thought to be Catherine Howard -

She liked the idea of having bands radiating towards the wrist, as well the Seymour band.  I had to draw the patterns out by hand on graph paper to make sure the pattern was even before stitching.  Made from linen and black silk embroidery thread.  The cuffs are quite long in length as they are to be pleated in at the cuff band, and needed to be hanging ones Smiley  Took about 28 - 30 hours to do.

Thanks for looking, V x
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44  Tudor Overgown & New Kit [pic heavy] in Costumes: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: May 22, 2011 10:31:46 AM
I recently attended an Elizabethan event doing Blackwork displays.  This called for a whole new kit Cheesy Cheesy  New additions included Overgown, shift, partlet, and a coif.  The black kirtle shown in the below pictures was not made by me, everything else was though Smiley

The overgown is made out of thick grey wool, lined with black linen, and trimmed with black fur along the bottom, and black linen up the front.  I used a pattern from the Tudor Tailor for it - http://www.tudortailor.com/  The trim was all hand sewn on, as was a large amount of the lining.  It is done up at the front with some hook and eyes.  It took the best part of a week to complete.  

The shift, partlet and coif are made out of white linen.  For the shift I used a Simplicity pattern - S2621  16th Century Undergarments.  Mostly machine done with all hems hand stitched.  As I was of a higher status for the event the front and cuffs were embroidered with some blackwork.  This was done in using a single strand of black silk thread.  The pattern for the collar was found on the Blackwork Archives - http://www.blackworkarchives.com/  Once the collar was finished it was stitched onto the partlet, and the front of the partlet blackworked also.  More info and pics on the coif in this thread - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=379615.0  
The coif was made with the same materials and from the Tudor Tailor.  It has some pearls added so it looks that bit posher Smiley  Again, more pics and info in this thread - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=379645.0

The costume has 36 handsewn eyelet holes, for lacing up the back of the kirtle, and attaching the sleeves to the kirtle.

Here's some pics -

In action at the event!

I can *never* take a sensible photo if I know the camera is there :p

Complete outfit -

Showing the detail on the shift and partlet -

The coif -

The partlet -

Thanks for looking, V x
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45  Blackwork Coif in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: May 02, 2011 03:24:02 PM
A very last minute addition to my Tudor kit has been a fancier looking coif.  I absolute hate wearing hats, so had put off making one of these for a while.  I for some unknown reason, forgot to measure my head before making it and just went off the measurements in the pattern, and managed to make the headband section to small for my head initially.  So with much frustration it all had to be unpicked and more sections cut out.  I blame it on being uber stressed out with how much I had too make lol.  Won't be making that mistake again!!

Aaaanyway, the blackwork took 2 days to complete.  Is based on a pattern I found online, but I changed the flower details in the diamonds to ones I preferred.  The flower patterns are based on ones found on the Warwick shirt - http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/web/corporate/pages.nsf/links/aa47f702d5996adc80257149002da95e  .  That shirt is totally amazing.  It is on my list Wink  All stitched in one strand of silk thread, and has some imitation pearls added. (These will be replaced with real pearls when I can afford to do so lol)  The whole thing was handstitched together, and in total I think it took about 4/5 days to complete.  I made the coif using a pattern found in the Tudor Tailor - http://www.tudortailor.com/ and is in a Henrican style.

Here be some pictures -

And side view:

Some close ups -

Thanks for looking Smiley V.
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46  16th Century Blackwork Partlet in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: May 02, 2011 10:13:10 AM
I have several Tudor events to go to this summer, and as I will be giving blackwork displays, this required the need for some new posher Tudor kit Smiley  Complete costume is almost finished, but wanted to post up some of the embroidery I have done on it here Smiley

I found the pattern for the collar on http://www.blackworkarchives.com/ .  I totally love this website.  Embroidery has been done in 1 strand of black silk thread, and the rest of the partlet has also been hand sewn together.  The blackwork running down the centre of the partlet is taken from the middle of the design.  Now just to get the rest finished for Thursday!!

Anyway, here's some pics:

And side view of it on;

(ignore the un-pinned totally falling down sleeves lol Smiley )

Thanks for looking. V.

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47  Hairdresser Cross Stitch Sampler in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: April 12, 2011 12:00:35 PM
My Mum's best friend went back to college a few years ago when she finished work, and is now completeing her course in a few weeks.  I've been going into college with her so that she can get lots of assessments completed, and I get my hair done Smiley  So to say thank you, and also congratulations for finishing her course I wanted to make something she could potentially put up in her ow salon.  I spent ages looking around for some hairdressing cross stitch patterns, which turned into a bit of a mission.  I eventually stumbled across this website and the perfect pattern -
http://cross-stitchers-club.com/Le-coiffeur .  Took me about 2/3 days of stitching to complete.  Is all done in two strands of thread, and I also added some metallic silver in the mirror to make it sparkle a bit (this didn't photograph so well though lol).  Freehand stitched her name and the year onto it as well.  It will be framed when I can find one I actually like!  Anyways, here be a picture:

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48  16th Century Blackwork Cuffs in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: April 03, 2011 11:14:02 AM
So, I have been on a major blackwork missions recently.  Made these cuffs for a market next weekend.  Started them Wednesday and finished them this afternoon.  Some frantic stitching has taken place!!  Stitched on white linen, with black silk thread from Silk Mill - http://www.thesilkmill.com/default.asp.  I have to say, if you've never used their silk before it really is delightful to stitch with, and they have some amazing colours!!  Have been using their silk for all my blackwork projects recently and have't been disappointed.  All stitched in one strand of thread, and the cuffs are just over 8 inches long.  The pattern is one taken from the Blackwork Embroidery Archives - http://www.blackworkarchives.com/  This is a brilliant website if any of you are looking for authentic blackwork patterns Smiley  Anyways, here be some pics of the complete stitching Smiley  Oh they haven't been made into cuffs yet - I was just asked to do the embroidery Smiley

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49  Crayon Tinted Buddha in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: March 25, 2011 02:34:41 PM
It's my friend's birthday tomorrow, and I found a lovely pattern of a backstitched Buddha in an ancient cross stitch magazine.  Issue 22 of Cross Stitch Card Shop from 2002 for anyone who is interested Smiley  Took me a day to stitch up.  The black buddha outline is done in one strand of thread, as are the orange crosses.  The rest is two strands.  I thought it looked a bit boring with just the stitching so decided to tint it with crayons.  Here's the finished result:

And a pic of it before using crayons:

And framed:

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50  Re: Jane Seymour Blackworked Collar [pic heavy] in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: February 03, 2011 03:24:37 PM
UPDATE: 30/02/11

Here are some updated pics of this piece Smiley

The collar in action - we quickly realised it was an inch short either side so more sewing happened - my housemate also asked me to embroider down the front of the partlet.  This is the result:

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