The Jacobean Coat – Sleeve Two Embroidery

Sleeve Motif 2, Stage1
Sleeve Motif 2, Stage1

The second sleeve began in the same way as the first, with felt motif elements lightly needlefelted into place. There is a similar motif on the body of the coat, but with the colours reversed. Whether I will use similar colours in embellishing it, I don’t know – wait and see!

I am removing the tacked design outlines as I go, at least where they show around the edges. It may not be entirely necessary, but it’s much more satisfying not to be spotting them as I work, and I know I would spot them in the finished coat, even if no-one else could do so.

Another Leaf Detail
Another Leaf Detail

The edges of the large leaves on the second sleeve began with straight stitches over the edges, using a wonderful mohair yarn from Gumnut Yarns. The different amounts of shine from the various threads I’m using will help to add another level of interest to the whole design.

The second level of detail is worked in Up and Down Blanket Stitch, which is a very old favourite. This time I’ve changed the relative heights of the two uprights to create a more varied effect.

Sleeve Two Flower Detail
Sleeve Two Flower Detail

There’s a lot going on with the flower motif; Thorn Stitch on the lilac petals and a variant of Loop Stitch on the purple ones, using different thread colours to change the emphasis on the colours.

Crested Chain Stitch in teal edges the flower shape (given it’s a Jacobean style design, realism has nothing to do with it – I’ve not the vaguest idea what sort of flower it is supposed to be!) and I complicated matters for myself by working inward from the tips of the horn shapes to the centre. It is a directional stitch, so although most people won’t be able to notice that sort of detail, I think it is worth doing.


  1. Lady Fi says:

    I really like that flower detail! The colours pop!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    what a beautiful flower it is, Rachel

  3. Sue Jones says:

    The crested chain looks very effective as an edging, particularly with the strong contrast in colour. This is going to be a most dramatic coat when it is finished.

  4. Felt and embroidery go so well together! It will be a coat for the catwalks of high fashion!

  5. Jen Mullen says:

    Great details on the flower. Interesting to see the influence of the stitches when comparing the first pic to the last.

  6. Carolyn Foley says:

    Great use of different stitches. Looks like you might have to hang this coat rather then wearing it.

  7. Meredithe says:

    Clever use of Stitches!

  8. Alex Hall says:

    That flower is gorgeous – and if it isn’t a real one it jolly well should be!

  9. Jane says:

    I love it. The stitching is so expressive on those colours! It is really beautiful!