I’ve been messing around with Jacobean motifs for embroidery. The original design of this one is from Mary Thomas’s Embroidery Book, which is no longer in print. I added some repeats, hoping to find a “corner” design for a small cloth.
So this is one of the embroidery patterns I’m playing with. I’m not so sure about it, but it would be fun to use for practice.
You can click on the image above for a larger version, then right click on the larger version and save it to your computer. Using photo editing software or a copy machine, you can scale it up or down.
Ths stitches illustrated in the pattern are pretty basic: The outline can be worked in chain stitch or in split stitch. The dark oblong in the center is a good place for satin stitch, as well as the dark area on the right edge of each design. Stem stitch is used for the line that runs down the “vein” of the motif (inside), up to an area that can be worked in straight stitches. The accents in the motif (the individual stitches) on the back of the design are little single chains, or lazy daisy. Towards the front of the design are elongated French knots.
You could also add more repeats to the design, if you wanted to end up with, for example, a four-pointed “flower” or something similar. I was looking for three points, suitable for a corner, but you could build on this, spacing four or five around in a circle.
Right now, I have a renewed interest in Jacobean work and crewel embroidery because I just acquired a huge pile (huge!) of Appleton wools!
Have fun with it!