Yes, my very first try of a sideless surcote is finished – I wanted to make a dagging at the bottom seam but the fabric frays too much, maybe next time …nevertheless I am very pleased with the final result
…and I did it again – Aryanhwy and I visited the Schatzkammer/treasury here in Vienna and we took many many manyyyyyyyy photos – especially concerning heraldry (for Aryanhwy) and embroidery (for me) – btw. you can see a very excited Aryanhwy on the pic at the right
…you may ask why I nearly always visit the Schatzkammer – the answer is quite easy – the collection on display is awesome!!! …and it’s my favourite museum!!
I love the Schatzkammer and it is really a treasury with many beautiful things to discover…
…and here just a very small selection of my photos:
…do you see the beautiful face at the next pic? …that’s really awesome embroidery!!
And now the last photos of the commission – the embroidery/commission is finished! wooohooo!!!
time needed for the embroidery: 76 hours
I used following materials:
DMC Metallic thread Art. 280 Or/Gold mi-fin 28%cotton/ 71%copper/ 1% silver&gold – bought in Helsinki (Finland) some years ago
thin blue and yellow silk from the handweaver studio in London (England)
high quality cotton fabric for the metal thread embroidery
yellow felt for the padding for the metal thread embroidery
some of my small pearls
some bigger pearls provided by Margaret
blue (thick) silk thread provided by Margaret
a patch provided by Margaret
…and I think something as beautiful as this embroidery – indeed I think this is the best embroidery I ever made – also needs a good cover for the shipping and this is how I packed the embroidery:
…and to get sure that it arrives without any harm, I also wrapped it into a plastic bag (to prevent water damage *knock on wood*) and I also wrapped it into an additional thick soft plastic layer and a last layer of packing paper…
Today I got the message that the embroidery arrived – Margaret likes it very much and now it will travel to the US – a patch for a jewish wedding baldachin
In the last posting I showed you how I attached the new blue “outlines” round the borders of the metal thread embroidery and this time I provide photos of the embroidery which I added underneath the metal thread embroidery. I used nearly the same technique which I used for the outlines for applying the blue thread in the shape you can see at the photos – I just made smaller “sewing” stitches than I used for fixing the outline thread… – and I used the same threads which I used for the outlines.
I again tried to take photos of the embroidery in the sunlight from different angles to give you an idea of how the light reacts with the metal thread and also with the added pearls.
…btw. next time I will post some photos of the complete embroidery because I also added some decoration above the metal thread embroidery.
In the last posting I showed you how I applied the cut-out metal thread embroidery to the fabric which I got from Margaret – in this posting I have some photos for you concerning how I attached the new blue “outlines” round the borders of the metal thread embroidery
The most difficult part was the work at the outlines of the ring – especially the part which lays on top of the embroidery – you can see this part very good at the following photo – for applying the outline thread on top of the embroidery I had to stitch through the metal thread embroidery which is very tight. Furthermore ‘just’ stitching through the embroidery would have – in the worst case – damaged the embroidery. To punch the metal thread is not really a good idea because it breaks the metal layer of the metal thread – if you want to try some split stitch, metal thread isn’t the best choice
I tried my best not to punch the metal thread and to navigate the needle through the very small openings between the metal threads.
…and here an example of how I applied the outline thread – as you can see here, I placed the needle with the very thin silk thread (the one which I already used for the surface couching of the metal thread) right underneath the outer ‘border’ of the thread for the outlines…
…and I punctured the outline thread ca. in its middle – I tried always to puncture the outline thread in its “twist line” (I don’t know how it is called in English) – inbetween the twisted single parts of the thread…
…and here the applied metal thread embroidery with its new outlines
Next time I will provide more photos about the additional decoration I added (which also includes some pearls )
Today I was asked for more information about this painting and here we are:
von 1500 – 1520 in Ulm nachweisbar (verifiable in Ulm/Germany)
Bildnis der Maria Welzer (portrait of …) 1524 datiert (dated)
Tempera auf Holz (tempera on wood)
…and here a detail photo of the lovely pearl embroidery of her hat – such a beautiful pelican:
…btw. this embroidery reminds me on another pearl embroider which I found on display at the KHM collection Neue Burg – “Hofjagd- u. Rüstkammer” – I think this gives a very good example how this embroidery could have looked like in real:
Geweihter Hut (holy? hood of)
Erzherzog Ferdinand II (archduke…)
Italienisch, 1567 (italian)
…and the best of all – according to the information given by the museum – this hood was made “just” about 43 years after the portrait!