Experimenting with Stumpwork

featured, in progress

I bit the bullet and entered the Hand & Lock embroidery contest, celebrating 250 years of stitching. I’m going to make a brooch or boutonniere inspired by an 18th century waistcoat – back when embroidery wasn’t reserved for ladies fashion.

After a bit of experimenting, I’ve gone with long and short stitch instead of satin, because satin buckles when you try to shape the wire. I’m using silk fabric as the backing and 1 strand of cotton thread. I think this project calls for silk floss and sequins. Stay tuned for more bling.



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I'm a dye hard fan of textile history and come from a family of crafters. I'm interested in learning more about embroidery by trying out age old techniques with a contemporary twist. I hope you enjoy looking through my projects and that they inspire you to give stitching a try!

2 thoughts on “Experimenting with Stumpwork”

  1. threadsofinspiration says:

    I’m curious to see how your project turns out.

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