Love in Idleness by Kate Barlow
This diminutive design is inspired by the floral needlework style popular in the 16th and 17th centuries. Shakespeare referred to these pretty flowers as Love-in-Idleness and mentioned them often in his writing. Our little Pansy is worked on a silk duchess satin ground using twisted silk threads, gilt passing thread and spangles.
Needlelace stitches with bordered turns are combined with couched passing threads and closed fly stitches to create the pretty flower before adding an Elizabethan double-looped edging.
This design is suitable for Intermediate stitchers.
Techniques: Needlelace, couching, surface stitching, gathering the finished embroidery around the brooch base, slip stitching the backing to the brooch
Silk duchess satin, calico, needles, Deveres silk threads, Gutermann sewing threads, gilt smooth passing, spangles, brooch pin, instruction booklet
7cm x 4.5cm (2¾ x 1¾ in)
20 x 20 cm (7¾ x 7¾ in)
Additional equipment required to complete the kit: 6 inch embroidery frame, embroidery and goldwork scissors. A lamp and magnifier will be helpful and the threads are fine and the stitches quite small, beeswax