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Mission Rose: More Goldwork!


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Just a quick update on a tad bit more goldwork on the Mission Rose project!

Yesterday, I was supposed to be working on something else to share with you today, but I still had all the goldwork mess out, and … it beckoned.

I heeded the call.

What else can one do?!

Mission Rose Goldwork Embroidery

So, yesterday, I added the rest of the goldwork threads to the rose itself. I ended up taking out the tambour thread around the little leaves leaves that I mentioned in yesterday’s article, switching it out with #5 smooth passing thread. I worked the smooth passing thread only over the top half of the inset leaves.

Mission Rose Goldwork Embroidery

I worked around the inside red petal area with check thread, which we discussed yesterday, too. It’s the same thread around the very inside little pink petals.

Then, around the outside of the whole rose, I worked the stretched pearl purl (size “super”), twisted with the red silk Soie de Paris, just like the ring in the very center of the rose. You can read about this technique in this article on the Tudor-style rose project from last year.

I like the definition the pearl purl and red silk twist gives to the outside of the rose.

Mission Rose Goldwork Embroidery

You can see on the lower right large green leaf that some gold has started to creep in there, but more on that later – I’ll give you some close-ups, when it’s a little more developed.

So now you’re all up to date with the present condition of the Mission Rose! Today, I will attempt to resist the call and work on something else to chat about – something that has to do with a multitude of stitches! Keep your fingers crossed for me!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below!

If you’re just joining in on the Mission Rose project and you’d like to follow it from start to finish, you’ll find all the articles relating to this project listed in chronological order on the Mission Rose Project Index page.


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  1. I thought it was beautiful before but now it’s gorgeous. That gold bring every thing together. I can’t wait to see this piece finished.

  2. Mary I’m so impressed with your gold work I wish that there was a kit out for beginnersl

    I’m sure you have spent years collecting threads, I have as well, but nothing of any significance to what you have shared with us.

    It never ceases to amaze me how well you share your knowledge with those of us Who can hardly wait to visualize and long try this type of work.

    What I would not Give to have a needlework supplier in my area of the province that I could visit At will. You have a wealth of knowledge and a willingness to share thank you


  3. WOW!! Love this Mission Rose!!

    I’ve been dipping into your tutorials, on YouTube, and been enraptured by the sheer beauty of your work. Then I’ve gone on to practise, undoing, reading x 6!

    I’ve also been dipping into Hazel Blomkamp’s fascinating “Crewel Twists”…..and been frustrated by the needlelace! So, I wonder, ummmm, if you could, perhaps, do an article on how to get the result required?!! Perhaps if you could suggest alternative thread to DMC Special Dentelle80?

    Sorry about the begging bit, now I’m off to admire yoyr Tudors Rose project!

    Looking forward to your future inspiring pieces,


  4. Dear Mary

    The Mission Rose looks lovely and it certainly stands out with the goldwork and I love the pearl purl on the outside of the whole rose and the smooth passing looks really nice, thanks for showing us your progress on the project can’t wait for more of the same.

    Regards Anita Simmance

  5. Dear Mary,
    I have followed your Mission Rose embroidery project with interest and now you have started the gold work I find it an amazing piece of work. Unfortunately for me the Blue and the gold/yellow around it is something I have problems with. Maybe I am too conditioned by the liturgical origins of the design but I would have preferred something that recalled this.
    Still an excellent interpretation of the design.

    fr. michael

  6. I have a question about the rose design. I always thought that the Tudor rose was red and white, denoting the bringing together of the Houses of Lancaster and York after Henry VII defeated Richard III at Boswell Field. (“A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse.”) Please correct me if my history is up the creek (Australian for just plain wrong, lol).

    Is there any convention in embroidery about what colour/s should be used for Tudor Roses, or is it open slather? Obviously this rose is not red and white, which is what triggered the idea in my mind…

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