I worked on my 18th century pockets design today. I’ve been working on it the last few days, researching and pondering designs but today was the day I actually sat down and put something on paper.
The pocket shape is from Rocking Horse Farms #185 (scroll down). My mom made me a pocket from this pattern years ago and the shape and size have been very practical over the years. Why re-invent the wheel? The basic layout of the design was inspired by this pocket. The actual flower designs are from “Art of Crewel Embroidery” by Mildred Davis, an excellent book which is unfortunately out of print. I was lucky enough to find it at a library book sale last year for $2.00, pretty cool huh? *brag moment over*
I’m happy with the design. It will be mirrored on the other side, except that I will have a butterfly on one side and a bee on the other. I can’t decide which I like best so I’ll do both. :> The medium sized rose in the sketch is a temporary design. I want a more of a “Tudor” rose. I have a good pic of an embroidered one in my files somewhere but I haven’t located it yet. Also, I may increase the size of the flowers, not the whole design just the individual flowers. They may be too delicate in size for crewel thread.
While I was working on the design my Mom pulled out some crewelwork kits that belonged to my great grandmother. She was very good at crewel, actually winning prizes for her work. There were two half finished pillows that were particularly interesting. The colors are a little wild but her use of stitches was very instructive and inspiring. I would like to sit down and finish one of the pillows someday. That would make a neat heirloom, especially if I got Mom to do some work on it. Three generations in one hand worked pillow… neat. However, my pocket comes first.
So what’s next? Humm…I need to scan the design into the computer so I can re-size the flowers a bit. That will have to wait though. Dad hasn’t hooked up the new scanner (old one died a few weeks ago). I also need to get more thread. All I have so far is the blue from Williamsburg and the salmon from Liberty. There is one place in town that carries crewel thread. I’ll probably just take the design down there and pick out colors that strike my fancy. This is art not science, right? All I know is that I need some red for my strawberries and yellow for my bee. :>