January 28, 2021
I have been following Rachel's progress on her foot stool done in canvas work on her blog. I used to do a lot of canvas work but got bored with it. Now I think I would like to stitch a piece. At the Embroiderers' Guild they have a huge selection of threads for this kind of work on the sale table, so I can get the thread cheap and I'm sure I must have some canvas in my stash. Next step was what would I stitch?
I found a colouring book on-line from 1615. It was originally written for glaziers and plasterers but I'm sure some of these patterns would work. (These are the kind of things one finds on in the Internet Archive.)
There is a design index at the beginning setting out all the designs as thumbnails.
Then these are expanded to full page prints later and there are some interesting designs that could work.
It also has some recipes for mixing colours that come with the warning that these might be dangerous, still, it is interesting to read how it was done back then.
I intend to have a play around with these designs and see what I can come up with.