Tudor and Stuart Goldwork Masterclass – Update on the Tudor Pincushion

First Stage Of Border

First Stage Of Border

I’m making reasonably good progress with the Tudor Pincushion which is part of the Tudor and Stuart Goldwork Masterclass. The silkwork was finished a while ago, and now there are several different isolated stitches, and a continuous border.

Silver Guilloche Close Up

Silver Guilloche Close Up

I’m not using the real metal thread for this. I rather like the rich, vibrant colour of this thread, wrapped around a cotton core, and as I am planning to create a sort of winter “corner decoration” using all of my historical embroidery pieces, there is something positive to be said for the idea of using as many different shades of gold and silver as I can to create a really rich, varied impression.

Border Close Up

Border Close Up

The small sections of silver Guilloche Stitch have worked well, although I still have reservations about my gold Spider’s Web stitches, especially when I look at close-up photos of them!

The border is a Guilloche Stitch variation worked on a Ladder Stitch base. As it turned out, I didn’t get quite the right number of rungs on the ladders, so rather than being a neat continuation of the Guilloche Stitch, the corner elements are rather improvisatory.

Tudor Pincushion - Almost Finished

Tudor Pincushion - Almost Finished

This doesn’t worry me. At the moment, I am still waiting for the instructions for the central ornamental stitch, and if, by the time I have that stitch, I’ve decided that I really must redo it, I will do so then. By that time I will be still more practised at working with metal threads, and it should go more swiftly and easily.

In the meantime, I can go on to play with more new stitches, and even, perhaps, start work on the real metal threads to add them to the Spot Sampler!


  1. Janice says:

    It looks beautiful, Rachel. The border is gorgeous. I agree about the corner strategy – wait a while and see if you can live with it. If it’s eating away at you after a couple of weeks you know you have to do something about it. I love the idea of a winter corner collection.

  2. coral-seas says:

    Yes, I think that it is looking lovely, too.

    Every time I see your progress reports I think I really must get started on this but I still have two projects higher on the priority list!

    You are doing really well with it all and I like the richness of the colours.

  3. Elmsley Rose says:

    Your Guilloche variations look just magnificent! Really impressive. Not perfect perfect in geometrical sense because this is metal thread we’re trying to loop here, but very “Elizabethan”! 🙂
    And clever you for managing to do anything with the corners!

  4. I think it looks great! But I hear you on not being sure you are satisfied. I haven’t attacked the border yet–maybe this weekend.

  5. karen says:

    it’s gorgeous, especially the edge in the third picture.

  6. Gorgeous! 🙂

  7. It does look very Elizabethian as one of your other commentors has said and the corner solutions are very inventive. Beautiful.

  8. Action Ma'am says:

    This has come on beautifully. I especially like the border.

  9. Alex says:

    I really like the guilloche variation and the whole design has a lovely Tudor feel to it. Metal thread never sits quite like ordinary thread so I think you’ve done a great job.