The other day, I posted links to an online needlework book on church embroidery. In the book, there are some nice embroidery patterns, but they aren’t very clear and they require some adjusting if you want to use them for your own embroidery patterns. One in particular struck my fancy, so I cleaned it up and here it is…
In the book, Church Embroidery, Ancient and Modern, this particular embroidery design is shown as a sample showing how to frame up a piece. It’s on page 125 of the actual book (plate 18) and 178 of the PDF.
In looking at the original drawing, the piece looks as if it is worked in silk shading (on the leaves) and goldwork on the undersides of the leaves, outlining the leaves, and on the main body of what appears to be a stylized pomegranate-type design. I don’t know what else to call these types of designs – I’ve seen them listed under pomegranates in different books of design, such as 4000 Flower & Plant Motifs: A Sourcebook by Graham McCallum. If you happen to know if designs like this have a particular technical name, please let me know!
If you click on the design below, you’ll get a larger version. I’ve also included below a PDF link for those who are interested in a PDF version of this pattern.
Truth is, I really like this little design. I’m itching to start another project, and I think this would be a fun way to combine goldwork with a tiny bit of silk shading here and there. In fact, it could just be a fun goldwork design, without any silk shading… better yet, it would work well in goldwork with some of the couching done in colored silks. Oooooh – the possibilities!
We’ll see if this one works into my list of “smaller” projects for this year! In the meantime, if you can find a use for the pattern, I hope you really enjoy it!