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Belt Favor

I made a belt favor with my arms on it.  This is one example as to how sometimes embroidery takes MUCH longer than one thinks it will.  That is the reason why I don’t sell my embroidery.  Nobody would pay me an hourly rate to do it, even if it was just minimum wage. I machine sewed the fabric into a belt favor.

Here is how it looked about 4 or 5 hours through:

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The finished embroidery

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The back of the finished embroidery (for those who care about such things)

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And the final product

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Materials: two strands of silk thread on linen
Stitches used: split stitch
Time taken: 10 hours for the embroidery, about 30 minutes to machine sew the belt favor

Seam Finishing

I added a small amount of herringbone stitch to a tunic.  I did NOT make the tunic.  There were only two seams, one on either side extending from the bottom, up through the armpits, to the edge of the sleeves.

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Here is how the final product looked.  Again, I did NOT make the tunic.

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Materials used: two strands of silk thread on linen
Stitches used: herringbone
Time taken: 2 hours

Warrior’s Poem in Runes

I made “trim” using embroidery. The idea was to do the entire warrior’s poem from the movie 13th Warrior in runes for a fighting tunic.  I did NOT make the tunic.  I just embroidered and attached the “trim”.  The text is translated as follows:

Lo, there do I see my father.
Lo, there do I see my mother.
And my sister and my brother
Lo, there do I see the line of my people
Back to the beginning.
Lo, they do call to me.
They bid me take my place among them
In the halls of Valhalla
Where the brave may live forever.

This project took MUCH longer than I anticipated.  I couldn’t say how many hours of work was put into it.  I machine sewed the “trim” onto the tunic.  Since it was for a fighting tunic, I thought it should be secured better than my hand-sewing could do.

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And how the tunic itself looked after it was done.  Again, I did NOT make the tunic.

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Materials used: linen thread on linen cloth
Stitches used: chain stitch

Bartered Tunic

I bartered a linen tunic for a c-belt for my armor.  I also added herringbone stitch on the seams for (what I thought was) a nice touch.  I made the tunic and sewed the seams together using a sewing machine.  The finishing of the seams were done by hand. I hope to receive the c-belt some time after Gulf Wars is over.

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And here is a close-up of the neckline

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Materials: silk thread with 2 strands, cotton thread, linen cloth
Stitches used: herringbone

Mundane Project: Christmas Ornaments

For my mom and step-dad, I decided to make them ornaments for Christmas.  As with most projects of this type, it took me MUCH longer than I anticipated.  It took about 7 days with 8-10 hours of embroidery each day to finish.  Here is the finished embroidery:

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And here are the finished ornaments

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Materials: dmc thread (strands varying from 1-3), aida cloth, red felt, glue, cardboard, and quilt batting
Stitches: cross stitch, straight stitch, and french knots
Time taken: Approximately 11 hours per ornament for the embroidery

Hand Sewn Dresses for Crown Tourney

I decided to make a dress and apron dress in my household colors for Crown Tourney.  I hand-sewed all the seams and finished them with herringbone stitch.

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Here is a detail of the embroidery

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Here is a picture of the whole ensemble

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You can’t see it, but the apron dress also has the seams finished.  Here is a detail of that embroidery.

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Materials: linen thread (for seams), two strands of silk thread (for finishing the seams) and linen fabric
Stitches used: running stitch, back stitch, and herringbone

QOC

A friend of mine received his QOC (Queen’s Order of Courtesy).  He got a beautiful scroll, but not the embroidered glove that marks this order.  I waited about four months, then asked him if he’d like me to embroider him one.  He was very enthusiastic and said he’d love me to make it for him.

I found a pattern I liked and did it using two strands of silk thread using split stitch.

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I finished all of the colors, but they seemed quite pale and unfinished.

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So I decided to add an outline in a single thread of black silk doing straight stitch.

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I did not attach the embroidery to the glove.  Lady Dalla Olafskona did that.  Here’s a picture of the final product embroidery1

Materials: two strands of silk on linen, outline is one strand of silk
Stitches used: split stitch,l straight stitch

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