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Smooth as silk

Posted on 30th Oct 2015 @ 6:00 PM

We have just released the kits for the five delicate floral projects from Jane's ninth book Shakespeare's Flowers in Stumpwork.

For the first time we have decided to include Jane's favourite pure silk ivory duchesse satin for the background instead of the cheaper polyester. It is a classic silk for bridal gowns, and has a slightly crisp hand (feel) to it. 

"I love silk duchesse satin for many reasons - mainly the dull rich sheen and heavier weight. I have used this silk for all my embroideries but have hesitated in the past to include it in the kits as it costs so much. However, I think it is worth it!"  Jane Nicholas

We hope you love it too!

 

The Kits

All the Shakespeare's Flowers kits require intermediate embroidery skills, and are designed to be used in conjunction with the book, which contains all the diagrams and detailed instructions.

Sampler One

Sampler One

This small stumpwork panel, the first in a series of three, features the Sweet Briar, Rosa rubiginosa, with detached petals and needle-woven sepals, a Grapevine, Vitis vinifera, the grapes worked with glass beads, Heartsease, Viola tricolor, with detached wired petals, and Strawberries, Fragaria vesca, padded and covered with trellis stitch.  The panel is worked on ivory silk duchesse satin, and has a border of fine red lines, worked in back stitch.

 

Sampler Two

Sampler Two

This small stumpwork panel, the second in a series of three, features the Apothecary Rose, Rosa gallica, its raised petals worked in detached buttonhole stitch, a Cornflower, Centaurea cyanus, with petals worked in needleweaving, Borage, Borago officianalis, with embroidered detached anther and petals, and Redcurrants, Ribes rubrum, the currants worked with wrapped beads.  The panel is worked on ivory silk duchesse satin, and has a border of fine red lines, worked in back stitch.

Sampler Three

Sampler Three

This small stumpwork panel, the third in a series of three, features the Gillyflower, Dianthus caryophyllus, its padded base covered with detached buttonhole stitch and petals worked in Turkey knots, a Periwinkle, Vinca minor, with detached wired petals, Plums, Prunus domestica, embroidered and appliqued, and Barberries, Berberis vugaris, worked in padded satin stitch.  The panel is worked on ivory silk duchesse satin, and has a border of fine red lines, worked in back stitch.

Elizabethan Flower PanelElizabethan Flower Panel

Worked on a background of ivory silk duchesse satin, in stumpwork and surface embroidery, this design features flowers popular in Elizabethan times: the Blurbell, with raised upper petals, a Crab Apple, with detached petals and applied buds, the Honeysuckle, with slender, padded and raised petals, Pea Pods, with detached shells and beaded peas, a Primrose and bud, both with raised petals, and a traditional red Rose, all enclosed by coiling stems, whipped with gold thread. Nestled among the foliage can be found a bee, with raised wings and velvety body, a plump caterpillar and a tiny ladybird with detached wings. Gold spangles complete this design.

Garland of Spring FlowersGarland of Spring Flowers

Worked on a background of ivory silk duchess satin in stumpwork and surface embroidery, this garland features the Wild Pansy, Viola tricolor, with wired detached petals, beaded Forget-me-nots, Myosotis arvensis, raised Snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis, with wrapped stems, beaded calyx and detached petals, padded English Daisies, Bellis perennis, embroidered with detached chain stitches and tiny bees.