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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