Glittering Nightcap – Embroidery Finished!

Silkwork On Brim

Silkwork On Brim


It has been a very long haul, but at long last the silkwork on the brim of the Glittering Gentleman’s Nightcap was finished. That in turn meant that I could get going on the goldwork, of which there isn’t really very much – only the stems, and the centres of the pansies.

Goldwork On Brim

Goldwork On Brim

In fact, it took rather longer than I expected, because the gold thread was rather more tender than I remembered, ravelling and fraying if I so much as looked at it. It’s the same thread as I used on the crown, so I can only imagine that either I have forgotten how it behaved last time, or that the tail end of the spool has loosened slightly in the time I’ve not used it. I can quite believe that would happen, since it’s over a cotton core, and natural fibres can be rather sensitive to atmospheric conditions.

Spangles On Brim

Spangles On Brim

Once the goldwork was done, I could put the spangles on. Continuing my slight alterations to the instructions, I’ve used rather fewer spangles than on the crown. I’m hoping that that, too, will help to provide contrasts of light reflectance and texture.

Of course, now I need to gather both courage and wits to put the thing together!

All these pictures are clickable so you can look at them in more detail, but I will take some more close-up pictures to compare the brim and the crown. In particular, I want to see whether there are obvious differences between the Detached Buttonhole Stitch with Return that I worked on the crown, and the Bordered Detached Buttonhole Stitch with Return that I worked on the brim, and if so what they are!


  1. Mam says:

    Grandmama would bow before you!

  2. Jules says:

    Congratulations! Stunning!

  3. Andy LW says:

    The embroidery is SO beautiful, Rachel. Congratulations.

  4. wendy says:

    Wow, Rachel, this is stunning! Such beautiful work.

  5. Sue Jones says:

    Woo-hoo! You’ve got it stitched! You must be feeling really proud of yourself – deservedly so. It looks delightful and delicate. I think you’ve got the spangling just right – they don’t look ‘spotty’ but they don’t overwhelm the embroidery either.

  6. Lady Fi says:

    Lovely spangles and goldwork!

  7. karen says:

    I really would recommend that people click the images for a closer look. The detail is breathtaking Rachel.

  8. Penny says:

    Oh my!!! This is just gorgeous. If I wore a nightcap to bed it wouldn’t be this one, its too beautiful to get tossed and turned among the covers. *smile* I love seeing the details, you stitching is so perfect and absolutely beautiful.

  9. It was good to be able to look in detail at each of the three stages, and to see the difference that first the gold work, and then the spangles made. Beautiful!!

  10. Megan Hodges says:

    yay! Congratulations!

  11. Carolyn says:

    Fantastic. Getting to this point must give you a great sense of achievement. A specail piece.

  12. Cynthia says:

    Congratulations! It’s really beautiful. I’m with you on the scary part of putting it together. But I’m sure you’ll do fine.

  13. Janice says:

    It is absolutely gorgeous, Rachel. A long time coming, I know, but so worth it. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished article. The detail is beautiful.

  14. Alex says:

    That’s lovely. It’s so interesting seeing the three photos side by side, giving such a good idea of how the design builds up. I can’t believe what a difference the spangles make – they really do finish it of perfectly!

  15. coral-seas says:

    Congratulations on finishing the embroidery, it looks stunning. I hope you soon find the courage to tackle the finishing, it is far too nice to languish in a draw!