The Embroiderer's Story


May 1st, 2008 by Jill Hall

Anne’s leaf.of yesterday’s stitchers and their work.

First, here’s Anne and her leaf, embroidered on the coif. Thanks to Robbin for this great picture.

Here are a couple of pictures of Tricia, Sarah and Susan. I love how Tricia curls up in a chair to work on these big frames. No matter how huge they are, she looks cozy and comfortable, not like she’s wrestling with a bulletin board (which is how I feel, and probably look.)Stitching on April 30th.

UK stitchersWe had another Sarah in stitching yesterday. Sarah R is 11 years old and was in the office trying on period clothing – she’s going to portray a young colonist in the Village occasionally this summer. She was fascinated with the embroidery and Tricia explained just what was going on and why. Then Tricia got her a doodle cloth and some floss, and this is what she did! The bear faceSarah R’s first embroidery and the “S” are Sarah’s, and they were her first embroidery. The Project once again inspires a newbie to pick up a needle.

We’ve got a birthday and an anniversary coming up. May 15 is the blog’s birthday – one year since we started this online community. We’ve got an embroidery and lacing session May 16-19; I think we’ll be having some birthday celebrations!

The June 20 – 23 session is our anniversary – that weekend last year was the first time we gathered to work on the jacket. It seems so long ago, especially judging by the pieces. Back then, those first embroiderers really had to take their courage in hand to make the first stitches on the huge blank linen pieces. And then, after a whole day’s work, or a whole FOUR days’ work, there would be . . . two buds and a trefoil. Or a bud and two leaves. What a leap of faith on all our parts, believing that others would come after and keep filling in, that the Gilt Sylke Twist thread would get made, that the lacers would join us, that the spangles’ mysteries would be revealed. . . . I think there will be some festivities that weekend as well.

There’s still room in both sessions. Email me.

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2 Responses to “Pictures”

  1. bonfieldjane says:


    It’s great to see the jacket developing I have been following this blog avidly. I noticed on today’s entry that the second picture is labelled UKstitchers. Being from the UK myself and highly jealous of these ladies do you have any more information about them i.e. what part of the UK they are from, etc. What other countries have been taking part in the development of the embroidery?
    Do your blog statistics tell you how many people are following the blog and from which countries? I think I probably already have an idea of the answer. Yes, I know I am sad :-) but I find it immensley intriguing and at the same time enchanted that embroidery is able to generate this amount of comaraderie. Long may it continue.


  2. Heidi Nilsen says:

    Melanie Anne brought some of her work along to a local SCA event here in Southern Maine last weekend. I was able to get out of the kitchen long enough to make a personal introduction to the GST and the night cap project she had on her frame. WOW! The GST is just amazing stuff. It makes the most interesting noise as she pulls a strand through the fabric. She had done a couple of partial motifs with the red GST. I am still imagining how wonderful this will look in candlelight. Ah, this is the stuff of embroiderer’s dreams, even those of us that can not make it to Plimouth to stitch. You can be sure I’ll be making a pilgrimage to see the finished jacket when it goes on display!

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