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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Next Embroidery Projects Lining Up!


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This past Sunday, I posted a bit about an embroidery design that I’m looking forward to playing around with and adapting for a project. Thanks for all your input on that! I appreciate your comments and some very good ideas that I received both on the website and via e-mail! But I’m afraid I jumped ahead a bit…

My next, next project, which I have only slightly mentioned once, is this:

Hand Embroidery Design: Tulips & Carnations

Sorry about the lack of complete image and the obnoxious copyright, but I’m in the midst of working out how I’m going to do this project, and until I work that out, I’m not ready to release it on the world. The design itself isn’t mine, anyway, so if you’re really excited about it, you can find it by squizzing through Therese Dillmont’s books on Antique Pattern Library. I’m pretty sure they have the book on there…. and I’m pretty sure it’s Therese Dillmont and not Grace Christie. I’ll solidify that information when I start writing about the project seriously.

Update: Thanks to Kathleen in the comments below, the source of the pattern is actually the book New Patterns in Old Style, First Part by Emilie Bach, available on Antique Pattern Library. Thanks, Kathleen!

The other project I’m very excited to start is called Proserpina, and it is my adapted version of Selwyn Image’s panel by the same name. The original panels designed by Image were meant to be large, but this little piece is going to be around 10″ high, and about 4.5″ wide. I have a penchant for pomegranates in art and symbolism, and so she is just right up my alley. Here’s a very small image of the sketch up:

Proserpina miniature panel for hand embroidery

The third project I want to play with is a silk-on-silk and satin stitch project, which I’d like to model after that ecclesiastical embroidery motif that I pointed out in the post on Sunday, but I haven’t quite gotten my head around that one yet.

There are two other ideas I have sloshing about upstairs, but they haven’t quite materialized into anything definite. When I get to that point, I’ll tell you what they are!

So the projects above are my two imminent projects. We’ll see how they come together, and I’ll keep you posted on them!



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  1. Hi Marymentor ! 🙂

    Thanks so much for the Antique Library. I’ve bookmarked that list. It’s a definitely good resource. Thanks again.

    Also, I’m waiting with bated breath to see what you do with Proserpina. Hoping you’ll show us some varied and colored stitches as you do them. I’d love to make a pillow out of that as a gift !! Thanks again, Judy in Pittsburgh

  2. I am especially interested in seeing what you do with Proserpina! She’s lovely! I may have to look into those panels myself as I would love to embroider this as well! Can’t wait to see your version!

  3. Hi, The Antique Pattern Library looks like a wonderful resource, but when I download pdfs from it all I get are pages and pages of nothing except the word “pdf” in the middle. Do you have to log in somehow to get the read deal?

    1. Hi, Saranya – No, you don’t have to log in. You just need to make sure that your PDF is being read by the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader (which you can download for free online). If you are on a Mac, you’ll want to open APL in something like Google Chrome, rather than Safari. When you click on a PDF link, it’ll automatically download, and then you can open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Otherwise, it’s probably trying to open in “preview” rather than in Acrobat. In any case, whatever type of computer you’re using, you’ll want to download then open with Acrobat. Hope that helps! ~MC

  4. Mary: I just happened to be looking through Bach New Patterns 1 and saw the design you posted today. It’s on page 34 of the pdf. I can’t see the page numbers of the booklet itself. I was looking for some designs to use on church linens.

    1. Thanks, Kathleen – I’ll put the link up there! Bach… Christie…. Dillmont…. (Usually, I’m stuck in Christie and Dillmont – I must’ve strayed forth for a while!)

  5. Did you ever publish a finished version of this pomegranate? I am about to work on one for a cushion, done in colors of my daughter’s living room. I have viewed the black and white photo in ‘New Patterns in Old Style’ First Part by Emilie Bach. I’d really like to see yours if you have done one!

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