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18th c court suit embroidered with pansies and roses on violet velvet

Embroidery Inspiration – Violet and Violets

It’s springtime, the lilacs and pansies are in full bloom, and the only thing I’m missing is a patch of delicate wild violets. They’re one of my favorite springtime flowers, and sadly, I have none in my current yard. Obviously, I need to fix that! In the meantime, let’s take a look at all manner
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Embroidery Giveaway – 1821 Floral Border

Happy May Day! I can’t knock on your door and leave you all flowers, but I can make sure that this month’s giveaway includes a beautiful bouquet. This design is based on an illustration published in the October 1821 edition of Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politics. It is one of my earliest
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18th c court suit

Embroidery Inspiration – 18th Century Embroidery Styles

The 18th century was a glorious time for embroidery, and a sample from that era ends up in nearly every one of my Embroidery Inspiration posts. However, individual items don’t really give you an idea of what was happening during the century. So this week, let’s take a walk through the timeline of 18th century
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School monogram sampler

Embroidery Inspiration – Monograms

Can you imagine a household filled with monogrammed napkins, pillowcases, silverware, lingerie, luggage, and more? Having grown up in a home completely devoid of monograms, it feels delightfully exotic. This week, let’s take a look at embroidered monograms for the home and wardrobe. Monograms served a practical purpose, of course, to link together the object
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Embroidery Inspiration – Spring Green

Spring may not have fully sprung yet, but there are green buds on the trees here. How about a little inspiration to add some spring green to your costuming wardrobe? Up first for your consideration, this glorious redingote of moss green and pale pink silk embroidered with lily of the valley. This is one of
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Embroidery Inspiration – 17th Century Embroidery Styles

For this week’s Embroidery Inspiration, let’s talk about the different styles of embroidery used in the 17th century. This is a particularly fascinating century for me as a historical costumer, since there are times when embroidery is lavishly used on clothing, and other points where it seems not to be used at all. At the
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Embroidery Giveaway – 1910s Camisole Bundle

April marks the start of a new sew-along, and this time I’m teaming up with Lauren of Wearing History. The project is an embroidered camisole or blouse, using the design we collaborated on a couple years ago.  So for this month’s giveaway, I’m offering a copy of both the Wearing History e-pattern plus your choice
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Embroidery Inspiration – 18th c. Quilted Petticoats

With the upcoming release of my 18th c. quilted petticoat design, my mind is swimming with visions of quilted silk in every color. So for this week’s embroidery inspiration, let’s dive into the colorful world of 18th c. quilted petticoats. Now, I realize that quilting and embroidery are two entirely different branches of needlework. However,
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18th c. quilted petticoat

Design Process – An 18th C. Petticoat

I’m working on a design for this 18th c. quilted petticoat today, and thinking about all the steps that go into creating the files for a piece like this. It takes a mix of creativity, judgement calls, research, guesswork, and a LOT of squinting. The original petticoat is gorgeous. Scallops along the hem each hold
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Embroidery Giveaway – 1812 Clover Border

With St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon, this month’s giveaway is my  “1812 Clover Border.” This design is based on a sketch for muslin embroidery originally published in the August 1812 edition of Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politics (top design, below top). It’s a delicate design, with tiny clovers branching off
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