A Gentleman's Nightcap by Alison Cole
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The Gentleman's Nightcap is an exquisite advanced Silk and Gold Work Needlework Kit featuring traditional Elizabethan stitches and techniques.
The design, which is a faithful replica of an original 17th Century gentleman’s nightcap held in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's Collection in Stratford-upon-Avon, was interpreted, embroidered and first taught by Alison Cole during our All England Needlework Tour in May 2018. This kit has been produced by kind permission of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and proceeds from each kit help to support the vital care and conservation of the Shakespeare Houses and the treasures in our Collection.
This design features the following traditional Elizabethan stitches:
- Elizabethan Detached Corded Buttonhole Stitch
- Fishbone Stitch, Outline Stitch, Seeding Stitch
- 2 methods of Ceylon Stitch
- Woven Spider’s Web
- Larks Head Ladder Stitch, Raised Stem Stitch
- Elizabethan Plaited Braid Stitch
- Interlaced Straight Stitch
- Reversed Chain Stitch.
Each stitch is carefully and accurately described in our step-by-step, illustrated instructions. We have taken great care to develop these instructions so that even a novice embroiderer could tackle the advanced techniques featured in this kit.
Design size: 18 x 14.5cm (7 x 6 inches)
Linen size: 35 x 35cm (14 x 14 inches)
Practice linen size: 29 x 29cm (12 x 12 inches)
Included in the kit:
Historically accurate 'Elizabethan' even-weave linen, final piece with design printed on and practice piece, 12 DeVere silks, 30m gold passing thread, 15m silver passing thread, 2 gold-Plated needles, 2 silver needles, fully illustrated 32-page step-by-step stitch instructions and stitch chart, smart A4 box to keep everything in.