Continuing On The Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose Leaves

Tudor Rose Leaves

The work on the Tudor Rose continues.. The stitches used for the leaves are what I really wanted from this course, as I am hoping that they will help me to create elements in the Dreams of Amarna – the ancient Egyptians were as keen on bling as the Tudors!

Zoom in on the picture to the right and you will see that there are four different combinations of metal and silk threads.

  • The stem – whipped back stitch
  • Alternating silk and metal chain stitches
  • Ceylon stitch with silk thread woven through it
  • Up and down buttonhole stitch with silk threads overcast through it

It was very hard to weave through the Ceylon Stitch – I didn’t pack the threads as tightly as Tricia’s instructions show, even after four leaves (two on each side). I think it would be easier in some of the applications I intend, though, because I am expecting at least some of them to have straight edges!

The overcasting through the Up and Down Buttonhole stitch was tricky to start, but once I’d got it started it was fairly straightforward – and a lot of fun.

Tudor Rose Finished

Tudor Rose Finished

The final element of the piece was the pearl purl and check purl in the centre. That was quite fiddly, and I am not sure that I worked the initial layer of bullion knots in silk in such a way as to make the layer using metal threads easy to do. I have much more practice to do to get my metal thread work to the level I saw at the Eye of the Needle Exhibition in the Ashmolean Museum a few weeks ago.


  1. elaine says:

    Its beautiful! I love the combination of different stitches in the leaves

  2. coral-seas says:

    Glad you enjoyed it and have learnt something that might be suitable for your Dreams of Amarna. It looks lovely. Do you know what you will do with yours?

  3. Lady Fi says:

    Ooo – that rose is gorgeous!

  4. Sue Jones says:

    Well done! I think your leaves are very neat and tidy, and the centre of the rose looks nice and glittery. Does this piece get made up into anything, or is it just a sample for your workbook?

  5. They look lovely! I really like touches of metallic in a piece.

  6. karen says:

    you have to be the ”bling” expert! This is stunning and I’m sure it will inform Dreams of Amarna in a brilliant way.

  7. Terrie says:

    I always find your stitches and embroidery so amazing and vivid.

  8. Penny says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. You have very patients fingers.

  9. Carolyn says:

    It is just lovely.

  10. Jules says:

    The leaves look stunning with those lovely stitch combinations, and the whole piece is just fabulous Rachel.

  11. wendy says:

    it looks beautiful! The leaves are fabulous, I do love metal thread embroidery. What are you planning to do with the finished piece?

  12. Helen says:

    Thanks for commenting on my sheep pincushion.
    I was glad to find your blog. I am intrigued about the tudor rose course – who is the course with, is it a distance learning thing? Could you give me more information.