The Floral Glove Needlecase is Finished!

Floral Glove Needlecase Finished

Floral Glove Needlecase Finished

At long last, after much trial and tribulation, and after completely shredding my fingers because no matter how hard I try I simply cannot use a thimble, I have finally completed the finishing on the Floral Glove Needlecase.

I’m very pleased with it, and not just because it is finished. It is my first attempt at “historical embroidery”, the first time I have used many of the techniques, and the assembly of the final piece involved my bête noire, glue.

Textures In Floral Glove

Textures In Floral Glove

The finishing has been full of little details, the spangles decorating the fabric, the gold lace edging the two cuff pieces, the gold-and-spangle edging we added to the silk ruffle. Then the gold twist suggesting the fingers on the hand of the glove, and two rows of gold cord covering the join between the upper and lower pieces.

I love the variety of textures in this piece, the silk thread, the purls, pearl purls, lizardines and spangles. Then there’s the ultrasuede (another material new to me!)  and the silk ruffle, and the brocade inside.

Closeup Of Finishing

Closeup Of Finishing


And I’m only about six months late in finishing it, after all!


I keep looking across at it, and thinking “Did I do that? Really?



  1. coral-seas says:

    Yes, you really did do that and you did it beautifully. It looks fantastic!

    Well done for finishing it 🙂

  2. Erica says:

    Enjoy your achievement…you have every right to feel proud of it. Well done!

  3. Penny says:

    Fit for the court of Henry the eighth himself…Congratulations Rachel…what an accomplishment.

  4. Yes, you DID do it! And very well too. Congrats on a tricky finish.=)

  5. Gina-B says:

    Simply beautiful.

  6. Congratulations on a beautiful finish! You did a great job!

  7. That is soooo detailed and intricate – no wonder it took so long. I love your blog – have just been looking at the beautiful Tudor embroidery a while back. Lots of inspiration here for us all!

  8. That is utterly exquisite.

  9. Lady Fi says:

    Wow wow and more wow!

  10. Jane says:

    Goodness me, you have been busy since I last checked in. Everything is looking wonderful, like how the or nui is turning out.

  11. Elmsley Rose says:

    Yay! Beautiful!

  12. Just beautiful. You are justly proud of this beautiful stitching.

  13. That’s stunning, Rachel. What are the dimensions? It’s difficult to get a sense of scale from the pictures, but I’m guessing pretty small. Beautiful work.

  14. Beautiful – so very intricate 🙂

  15. karen says:

    speechless……absolutely stunningly beautiful.

  16. Penny says:

    This is amazing — so beautiful and so intricate in its design. It was well worth the six months time frame!!

  17. Alex says:

    That’s fantastic and well worth the extra time and care taken finishing it – well done!! :o)

  18. Action Ma'am says:

    All of the above!

    It looks absolutely great. Well done.

  19. Janice says:

    It’s beautiful, Rachel. And no matter that it took you longer than ‘scheduled’. What matters is that you took time, figured it out and eventually completed it with care and skill.

  20. Oh, this is beautiful! I’ve seen the video ‘trailer’ on Youtube for this, but I’ve not seen one of the gloves made by a ‘real person’ before! You’ve done it really well, it’s just lovely 🙂