Sweetbag and plaited braid

Sometime back in May, I promised I would finish my sweetbag this year.  Of course, I promptly forgot that promise and was off doing a zillion other projects.  The end of the year is awfully close, but there is an arts competition in January that might make a good (but tight) new deadline.  Right now the sweetbag is half-stitched.

Sweetbag 7 dec

I need to finish stitching it, then do all the finishing work, including pulls and cords and tassels.  I don’t know if I can finish all that in less than 2 months, but at least I will have made progress.

I’d like to make the second half a bit more complicated and use plaited braid stitch for the coiled vines.  I took a class back in June with Melinda Sherbring and plaited braid was one of the stitches that was covered.  I thought I had it down at that time, but alas, it kept turning into a hot mess.

So back to basics.  I found a Mary Corbet YouTube video online and studied that for awhile. It’s located here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GesMsKhvXo

Then I tried the stitch on plastic needlepoint canvas with a large needle and pearl cotton until it began to make sense.

braid 1

As soon as I started trying it on  my linen with Benton and Johnson gold thread   I had problems.  I went back to the video several times, and kept practicing.  One of the problems I have is I tend to twist my needle which in turn twists the gold thread.  I need to remember to let it untwist after every couple of stitches.  Also, I have to remember not to cut my thread too long.  I think I’ve got it now (at least in theory) and will try it on the sweetbag next.

Braid 2

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What next?

This piece of embroidery is now completely done.  Now I have to decide what to do next.

finshed arms

Some artsy/crafty projects can be done while watching television, some can’t.  Some artsy/crafty projects have to be done at a table, some can be done anywhere.

I need to be doing some scroll work, but I also have a sweetbag I really want to finish and some embroidery for collar and cuffs for a new shift.  And then I really want to make a new kirtle as well as finding a doublet I started and working on Pentathlon projects and reading about Elizabethan culture and and and there isn’t quite enough time in the day to do all of it (though I should have more free time in the next few months.)

I think my embroidery project will be to finish the sweetbag.  That’s been on the to do list for far too long. I also want to make some things to wear for Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium so those will go need the top of the list as well.

Best get started then!

Starting new or finishing old?

I’m home from a weekend at Pentathlon, where I judged a couple of categories in the every-two year Caidan Arts and Sciences competition.  And like every time I’ve been at the event I am ultra inspired by all the amazing arts and projects that were done.  And I want to sweep all my current projects into the trash and start completely new things.

There’s something so enticing about a new project.  And after hours/weeks/years, an old project often becomes tiresome and a burden.  But of course this leads to the madness of having dozens of unfinished projects.

So the goal is to find time and energy to finish the old stuff as well as keeping the flames of inspiration burning on the new projects.

Arms embroidery project

 

So first up, I am going to finish this.  The next embroidery project after this is planned and started and then one after that is planned (and the one after that is in my head.) I’m still stuck on how to finish the stars in the chief of my arms, but I have a couple of ideas I’m going to try.

And the next 3 scrolls are planned and at least one of them is laid out.

Ars longa!