Saturday, June 14, 2014

Crinoline Lady Embroidery

I decided to do a traditional crinoline lady embroidery using a vintage pattern--kindly provided by Chez60 on the Flickr group Hoop Love Vintage Patterns.  But instead of the usual cotton floss colors normally used at that time, I wanted to go with variegated silks.  These are mostly Caron Waterlilies, with some Dinky Dyes and a couple of Gloriana silk flosses.
Another way to have it be a little bit different was to make the lady a dark complected one.  I've only seen crinoline ladies as light skinned white ones, so I thought we should see a lady of color for a change.  I also used a tiny piece of fabric for the hankerchief she's waving because I was pretty sure it would look better than one embroidered on the background fabric.
This was a fun embroidery and I can't wait to start on another one!
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9 comments:

Nancy said...

Gorgeous Karen! You always choose such pretty specialty stitches!

Nurdan Kanber said...

This is very sophisticated and elegant work! Crinoline Lady is looking so very beautiful! Very well done Karen!
Happy weekend )

Solstitches said...

Your crinoline lady is gorgeous Karen.
I love the use of the silk variegated threads.
I think the little fabric handkerchief is a lovely touch which makes your version of this embroidery unique.
Margaret

sewphie said...

So pretty, I love how you put your own spin on a traditional pattern

Bits of Stitching! said...

Breathtaking! Love all the personal details and variety!

Annie said...

I love her! I have a weakness for crinoline ladies, but I usually look at them in crochet. You always pick the coolest colors and stitches. How did you do the leaves on that tree above the umbrella.. looks like tiny bullion stitches.

Penny said...

Absolutely beautiful, Karen! I always look forward to seeing what you have been working on! :)

Thoeria said...

Beautiful work :)

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Karen this is breath taking! You did such a lovely job! What are you doing with these beautiful pieces? Do you frame them?