Size: 5 inches by 5-3/4 inches

This project was designed based on stitches and designs commonly used on 17th century coifs, cushions, and jackets. I took inspiration from a cushion cover in polychrome silks from the Embroiderers' Guild collection and the blackwork Falkland pillow cover in the V&A Museum. I designed this piece to appeal to those stitchers who enjoy blackwork and would like to produce a challenging historically styled piece. This course does not cover the use of blackwork shading or reversible stitching but covers the use of dense/light patterns in regions. The emphasis of the piece is learning to perform several of the complex stitches of the 17th century: knot stitch, spiral trellis, and detached buttonhole. An especially challenging part of the design is the use of gold threads to perform an open version of the knot stitch. This closely replicates the dense braided gold stitches seen on so many 16th and 17th century English pieces. Since "sweet bags" were often decorated with ornate tassels, the bag includes simplified tassels with secondary embroidery over the covering thread.

Kit Contents:
34 ct or 50 ct linen, Au Ver a Soie silk threads, gold wyre thread, instructions, wooden tassel forms.

Class Length:
1 Day class