Monthly Archives: September 2011

Continuing the Jacobean bellpull

There’s only a little bit of progress to report on the Plas Teg bellpull from the Mary Jane Collection (see project page for previous posts). The purple is double running stitch – I was inspired by my Turkish embroidery book … Continue reading

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Kantha Hair Barrette

This weekend I thought I’d try decorating myself with embroidery. Here is my kantha embroidery hair barrette: It’s metallic gold thread on black cotton sateen so it’s actually fairly shiny, though that’s hard to photograph. Even harder is photographing the … Continue reading

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Cypress tree in Iranian embroidery

This embroidery (from Dr. Shirazi’s collection) is Iranian. Note the vibrant colors. (Update: this is called “pateh” embroidery). I believe this depicts a cypress tree, which is a very important motif in Iranian culture. The word for cypress is “sarv” … Continue reading

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Another Tajikistan Suzani

Here’s another example of a Tajikistan suzani from Dr. Shirazi’s collection. You can see similarities in some of the motifs from suzani to suzani, but they vary quite a bit in materials and colors. Unlike the other examples, the back … Continue reading

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Rethinking the Joker

I kept working at the padding for padded satin stitch over the teeth and lips. I have one layer in two strands of floss everywhere now. The first two and a half teeth are covered in a top layer of … Continue reading

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