The Marian Medallion Project began in the summer of 2011 and was completed in May, 2012. The whole journey was chronicled here on Needle ‘n Thread, so that readers could follow along with progress.
From beginning to end, every step of the project was covered (including mistakes!) so that we could all learn together on it. It was a fun adventure!
The Marian Medallion Project E-Book
You can now find The Marian Medallion Project available as an e-book here on Needle ‘n Thread, thanks to the digital formatting skills of Cindy Russell.
The e-book is in PDF format (51MB), and is delivered via a download link in your e-mail. It is 287 pages long, completely cross-referenced and interlinked throughout, with a clickable table of contents and index. Instructional and technique articles that were referred to in the original series of website posts are also included in the e-book, which can be read on your computer or any device that will read PDFs.
There are many advantages to having the entire project compiled in one document, not least among them the fact that the pages are in print-friendly format, so you can print for personal use a page, a chapter, or even the whole book!
You can find The Marian Medallion Project e-book available in the Needle ‘n Thread shop, where you’ll find a complete description of the e-book, plus photos.
If you’d like to read through this project from beginning to end, here are all the articles that cover different aspects of the development of this embroidery project.
The list of articles include everything related to this project, including the first start on it. I’ve also included links to any articles that are related to this project, including those about threads and tools and related projects.
Medallion Embroidery Pattern
Articles Related to the Medallion Project
Goldwork & Silk Tudor-Style Rose – this is a list of step-by-step articles on stitching the roses on the medallion
Initial Design Process for the Medallion
Setting Up & Framing Up the Medallion Project
First Stitches on the Monogram & Stem Stitch Notes
Using a Laying Tool with Silk Thread
Hand Care when Stitching with Silk Thread
Progress on Filling the Central Monogram
How to Tighten a Slate Frame with Chopsticks
Subtle Contrast: Darker Shade, Fewer Strands of Silk
Taking Embroidery Off the Frame
Using Hanks of Silk instead of Skeins on Large Projects
Millenium Frame Review (Switching to a New Embroidery Frame)
Keeping the Medallion Project Clean
Basting Ground Fabric to Lining Fabric (Linen to Muslin)
Flat Silk & Goldwork – the Background Begins
Vermicelli Goldwork – lots of tips and information
Step Your Stitches (keeping stitches vertical on curved areas)
Silk Progress: Tips on Flat Silk & Tools
Laying Flat Silk and Direction of Filling
How Much Thread? Estimating Flat Silk for the Background
Close to Finished with Vermicelli Goldwork
Finished Vermicelli Goldwork & a View of the Back
Raising Stitching on the Monogram
Long & Short Stitch Filling over Felt
Cutting Felt Shapes for Padding Embroidery
Progress on the Monogram – Long & Short Stitch Filling
Progress on the Monogram Filling – long & short stitch talk
Fleur de Lis – a little shading
Both Fleurs de Lis – plus some questions answered
Completed Long & Short Stitch Filling on the Monogram
Outlining the Monogram with Silk & Gold
Using a Curved Needle to Anchor Threads
Lizardine & Silk Thread, with Resources
Goldwork Outline on Monogram Finished
Beginning the Outer Ring with Stem Stitch Filling
Goldwork Dots on the Medallion
Filled Goldwork Dots
More Goldwork Dots, Lined Up
The Outer Edge – full view with some goldwork dots
Adding Japanese Real Gold Thread
Think Pink: Adjusting One Color Area
Goldwork Filling Progress
Couching Pearl Purl on an Outline
The Goldwork Continues!
Goldwork Tip: Sharp Corners
Plunging Goldwork Threads in Small Spaces
Stitching Outlines on the Tudor Roses
Using a Mellor with Goldwork
The Back & Changing the Order of Work on the Roses
Outlines for the Goldwork Dots – pearl purl worked in tiny rings
The Resilience of Linen – removing goldwork dots
Finished Roses and More Goldwork Dots
The Finished Medallion!
Goldwork Tip: Attaching Grecian Twist
Hand Embroidery: Purpose in Relation to Cost
Appliquéing the Medallion to the Back of the Vestment