More Than a Rose is a small piece designed to introduce students to some stitches and raised work techniques used on English sweet bags ca. 1600. The student should be familiar with Tent stitch, able to follow a stitch diagram, and willing to make decisions based on a range of presented alternatives typical of that time period. Students may follow the choices made on the model or test their wings with alternatives. This project is worked on a linen ground with your choice of cotton or silk floss and with gold and silver passing threads, providing a taste of goldwork without a large investment in gold materials. The techniques are a mixture of Tent stitch, surface embroidery, and needlelace. The text shows how to work Plaited Braid, four varieties of Corded Detached Buttonhole, three varieties of Ceylon, Offset Cross, and other more familiar stitches.
Teacher: Melinda Sherbring
Project: Framed Piece
Size: Approximately 5" x 3.5"
Color Choices: Gold, silver, and three shades each of red, blue, green, and brown
Fabric: 8" x 10" white or off-white linen, 28- to 36-count
Threads: Gold and silver threads (list of non-tarnish alternatives to precious metals is provided); lizerine; choice of cotton floss, spun silk, or flat silk threads
Proficiency Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Familiarity with tent stitch and willingness to make decisions based on presented alternatives
Time: Six lessons scheduled over six to nine months
Fee: $175 per group
Text: $40 per student; 60 pages with color images
Supplies (approximate): About $35 (cotton threads, non-tarnish metal threads, sharing lizerine), or $70 (Soie Ovale, non-tarnish metal threads, sharing lizerine), or $140 (Soie d'Alger, genuine metal threads, own lizerine)