Tonight there was a little extra time to pull out the box of vintage Ecclesiastical Embroidery patterns. Now, these are not just any old embroidery patterns, or at least not to me. These patterns are special. First of all, they are old, or at least some of them are old. Some of these designs for liturgical embroidery date to the 1870’s. That makes them at least 130 years old. How is that for special? Then, some of them are signed by a well know architect from the area of the Gothic Greats. And last but not least, the designs are excellent.
In yesterday’s post, we looked at the Nativity line drawing by John D. Sedding with colored floss attached to the edges of the design. The piece in the above photo is a perforated pattern that has been prepared for transferring the Ecclesiastical embroidery design to fabric. The technique used for transferring the design to fabric is called prick and pounce. Now one might ask, why not use this pattern to transfer the design to the desired fabric. Well, the pattern is old, and it may or may not be valuable. It is clean, and if it were used, the pounce could stain the paper, or worse, the paper might tear during the transfer process. The best plan? Scan or photo copy and use that image to recreate the design in a desirable size. The best thing that could be done is to create a new image of the original design, and make plans for the embroidery. It is great having the actual transfer pattern. The image is clean and easy to work with, which will be an added bonus.
Angels are a nice design element that might work with the Nativity design. This is one of the first angels in the box to look at as well as to pull out of the box.
And there is must leave things for another evening.
Solo Dei Gloria
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