Floral Glove Needlecase – Second Stage of Finishing

Silk Ribbon - First Stage

Silk Ribbon - First Stage

There is a sparkly ruffle between the cuff and the hand on the Floral Glove Needlecase, and of course we have to make it ourselves. You can’t go to your local needlework shop and say “Half a yard of Elizabethan glove trimming, please” with any prospect of success!

So the trim is composed of a length of double-sided silk ribbon, with Gold Twist and spangles whip-stitched down one edge.

The silk ribbon is wonderful stuff to play with, smooth and supple, and with just enough body not to flop. The idea is to ensure that the spangles all end up on the same side of the ribbon as each other and as the Gold Twist, and I think I managed it (not without the occasional tweak!).

Silk Ribbon Gathered into a Ruffle

Silk Ribbon Gathered into a Ruffle

Then, we run a gathering thread down the other side and pull it up to make a ruffle. It looks wonderfully exuberant, doesn’t it, and I haven’t even set it into the shape it needs to fill on the project.  Tricia suggests leaving that stage until the various unseen bits of backing are all assembled and shaped, and since I need to buy some fabric glue before moving to that stage, that is exactly what I am going to do.

Completing this fairly simple task took me most of an afternoon.  But then, no one ever said embroidery was quick!


  1. karen says:

    this looks lovely, it’s really effective. Shame you can’t just go in the shop and ask for it though!! My dad who is 71 fell 30 foot off a ladder yesterday and is in hospital so i have to travel north to see him first thing tomorrow. He will be o.k. hopefully but needs surgerey. Hence my crisis. First thing I’m going to do is tell him off for being up a ladder in the first place!!

  2. Action Ma'am says:

    The mention of gold twist put me in mind of “Four and twenty button holes of cherry-coloured twist”. The wedding coat of the Lord Mayor of Gloucester – now there was a piece of needlework! I seem to recall a couple of very nice ilustrations of it with the story.

    I hope karen’s dad makes a swift and full recovery. Parents! Who’d ‘ave ’em?

  3. Lady Fi says:

    Yes – what a delicious looking ruffle! Almost good enough to eat.

  4. Janice says:

    Well I think the local needlework shops are missing a trick!!! Looks lovely – but can’t help noticing you haven’t got that glueing finished yet….!!!
    Now off to email Karen about her dad, after reading her comment. Definitely not keeping her menfolk in order of late.
    Janice. x