Right now I'm working on making a few items for Kara for Christmas, and I've started a German brick stitch project for her as well (it will be a small pouch). I haven't touched my black fur hat in three weeks, and my apron linen has been patiently waiting for something other than a run through the wash to happen to it. I feel so far behind, yet when I look at what I've accomplished lately, I've done quite a bit. I'm particularly liking this new-found interest in doing fun easy mundane projects- they give me an opportunity to really focus on craftsmanship in small doses.
Right before going into the hospital, I finished a project I hadn't shared with you yet. I wanted to keep it secret since it was going to be a gift. Now that it's with its new owner, I can show you what I've been up to!
It's a veil pin case using a 14th century German cushion brick stitch pattern. You can see the original here. I completed the embroidery with pearl cotton, then finished it with linen on the inside.
I also had the opportunity with the case to use a fingerloop-like edge finishing technique. There are a few places you can find instructions on how to do this, but I used Crafty Agatha's video tutorial.
This wasn't my only attempt at German brick stitch embroidery, but my previous tries at the "satin stitch" variety were not really successful (or I just haven't gotten back around to completing them). This pattern uses a single stitch length, making it easier to focus on the overall pattern, rather than focusing on the stitch length of the particular stitch I'm in the middle of.
I gifted the completed case to Sarah Jane, author of the Romantic History blog, who I have had the immense pleasure of getting to know through our blogs and Facebook. It's very nice to have projects come along that you know you'll be giving away, and when the recipient is someone you respect and admire for their own talents, it encourages you to strive that much harder to do the best you can on the item. I'm jazzed that Sarah will have this veil pin case for many years to come, and maybe we'll get to see it in one of her lovely photos soon!
I've created a more thorough page for this project to be included in my new website. Which is another thing on my plate that's having a hard time fitting into those 2-hour increments....