The Peascod greene oft with no little toyle,
Hee’d seeke for in the fattest, fertl’st soile,
And rend it from the stalke to bring it to her,
And in her bosome for acceptance woo her.”
William Browne of Tavistock
This is a project I finished several years ago. I designed this purse in preparation for travelling to Plimoth Plantation to help with the embroidery of the Plimoth Jacket, currently on display at Winterthur. Prior to this, I had never done any non-counted Elizabethan embroidery, so I wanted to practice before I worked on the jacket. I had just taken a class in Richmond, VA from Chris Berry thru the Embroiderers' Guild of America (EGA).
The purse is the same front and back, except for a color change or two. All stitches used are Elizabethan period stitches.
I used Kingston 50 ct cream linen, silk buttonhole twisted threads from Au Ver a Soie and Mulberry Silks, and #5 smooth passing gold wire from Golden Threads.
The lining is a cornflower blue that matches the medium blue silk thread.
The leaf shown here is worked in Up & Down Buttonhole stitch.
Lady bug is worked in Spiral Trellis stitch. A wonderfully fun stitch to work, and it can be padded to produce a really 3D effect.
The vine is done in Reverse Chain stitch using #5 smooth passing gold wire (real gold). It's one of the first things that non-stitchers are drawn to on this purse. I've been told that it looks like I laid a gold chain down on the purse and attached it.
The red caterpillar is worked in Ceylon Stitch.
The caps are Ceylon stitch, the pods are worked in Detached Buttonhole stitch.
The blue flower, Columbine, that you can see a bit of is worked in Trellis stitch worked on a diagonal.