Tudor and Stuart Master Class – Month Eleven

Month 11  Goldwork Stitches

Month 11 Goldwork Stitches

So while I continue with the silkwork for the Spot Sampler and the Tudor Pincushion, here are the two new stitches for Month 11 of the course.

The two stitches are Guilloche on Ladder Stitch, and Hemstitch on Ladder Stitch. In both cases I have cheated and just worked a panel of straight stitch bars as the foundation. This is because I wanted to get a firm grip on the structure of the stitch, rather than spending my time on working the foundation.

As the stitches become more multi-phase and more complex, the green doodle cloth is becoming a less suitable foundation. While it makes things easier by making the stitches larger when using the counted diagrams for them, it also makes things more difficult by making the stitches larger! I find that I am having difficulty in getting tension and stitch length neat and correct –  in fact, you can probably see that from the rather floppy loops on the Guilloche Stitch  Of course when I come to work on the real fabric using the real gold and silver threads, this problem should be much reduced, but I think I will find myself using a stiletto or a laying tool to try to keep the thread under rather closer control, even so.



  1. karen says:

    fiddly, fiddly, fiddly…but beautiful!

  2. Janice says:

    Have you started working these stitches on the sampler yet? As Karen said, very fiddly, but beautiful.

  3. I have a real love hate relationship with learning new stitches. I think a laying tool would help.

  4. Lady Fi says:

    Wonderful stitches!

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