The Embroiderer's Story

The Left Upper Sleeve

April 9th, 2008 by Jill Hall

Left Upper Sleeve status April ninth.Here’s a good idea, thanks Carol and Kimberly. This is the left upper sleeve as of today, April 9th. Each sleeve is composed of two parts, the upper and the under. The top of the upper sleeve has a convex curve to go over the top of the shoulder; the under has a concave curve to go under the underarm. Otherwise they’re the same shape. To me it looks about half done; about as many spaces as colored-in bits. But then when you consider all the gold work that has to be done, plus the sequins to be sewn on in every blank space, plus the detached bits to stitch and then sew on (the top layer of the pea pods and the butterfly wings), well, there’s plenty left to do.

Cornflower and friends from jacket back, April ninth status.Here is a cluster of motifs from the back of the jacket. At about seven o’clock is one of the dreaded trefoils; about ten there’s a sweet pea flower and pea pod; at twelve a honeysuckle with the pink & red buds; one o’clock a spiky-winged butterfly; at two most of a thistle; at about four o’clock is part of a foxglove. You can see an unstitched rose on the left, various buds, rose hips and leaves here & there; and the blank (for now) vine twining around all. Notice the little curlicues that spring from the vine; I was mentioning those yesterday. In the extreme lower right corner you can see part of another trefoil, with the vein of the leaf marked. All the trefoils and most of the other leaves have those veins. They’ll later be stitched in gold.

I’ll intersperse these posts with others, but I’ll get pictures up of all the pieces so you can see where we are. And after this coming weekend, when we have a work session, I’ll post another picture of this sleeve so you can see what was done on it. Overall, I think this piece is more done than some (the jacket fronts, for instance, are less densely covered than this) and less done than others (the jacket back, perhaps, the wings, the gussets for sure). So, pretty representative. The reason I picked it, though, is less well-thought-out than it might seem – this frame was at the front of the cupboard.

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4 Responses to “The Left Upper Sleeve”

  1. Carolyn Wetzel says:

    Thanks for the pictures, it gives a clear idea of the work left to do. Despite the blanks it is already really beautiful.

    Just out of curiosity, and as someone who has not yet worked on it, why call them “the dreaded trefoils”?

    Thanks,
    Carolyn

  2. coral-seas says:

    Oh wow! That is looking so impressive. You really do begin to get an idea of how it is going to look. The GST really adds to it. May I ask how the ‘inside’ of the foxglove is stitched. I really like the red spotting.

    CA

  3. norma says:

    We call them the “dreaded trefoils” because they take sooooo long to do. And there are a lot of them!

    Norma

  4. Kimberly says:

    To Coral-Seas: I stitched a couple foxgloves on the jacket in October. I used running stitch in GST to do the “spotting”

    Jill- Thanks for the pictures – it looks beautiful! I will let my fellow EGA members know to check out the blog for progress pics. It’s too bad the camera can’t do the GST justice, though – it’s so much more sparkly in person (or would that be “in jacket”?), and most especially in sunlight.

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