Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pomegranates and Peas Purse

The P & P purse was my second class at MAR EGA Smart Days in Culpeper, Va this past weekend. This is a lovely Elizabethan style purse designed by a relative newcomer to the world of needlework teaching, Kimberly Servello.

I cannot say enough nice things about her and her class. The piece is spectacular. Her instructions are clear and concise. And she somehow managed to teach more than 20 ladies the proper way to stitch the plaited braid.

She had a slide show of museum pieces and engravings that influenced her design. (Side note: with a bit of luck I will going to London in January and am planning on camping out at the Victoria and Albert Museum where many of these fantastic treasures can be found. Go the museum website and click on textiles. Oh my!)

This photo shows the peas side of the purse. I haven't really studied this side yet as we started on the pom side.

The front, or pomegranate side of the purse. We learned the heavy broad stitch. Not an insult. It's quite a descriptive name. Love this stitch. I think I have stitched something very similar, but not quite the same, on a sampler.


Here is my progress at the moment. We're working with many different weights of black silk on 50 ct linen. And real gold thread. I think everyone in the class was as thrilled as I was with the project. We've formed a yahoogroup on the spot for support and encouragement. Now I think I'll go make a pot of tea and sit down with this piece to stitch.


Anna van Schurman said...

I'm going to be in London in January! We return to Philadelphia on the 11th or 12th. We'll definitely spend some time at the V&A, it's our favorite place.

Kathryn said...

I, too, the V&A. I started out being fascinated with the clothing (and taking lots of notes), but have ended up spending more time in the needlework section. But I always save some time for the glass. I'l never blow glass, but I love to collect it.

Donna said...

Anna, I think you and I will be on planes that pass in the night. Someday we'll be in the same place at the same time.