Elizabethan Flower Panel

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This piece was inspired by an early seventeenth-century English embroideed panel, worked in coloured silks and metal threads, held in the collection of the Embroiderers' Guild in the UK. Worked on a background of ivory silk duchesse satin, in stumpwork and surface embroidery, this design features flowers popular in Elizabethan times: the Blurbell, with raised upper petals, a Crab Apple, with detached petals and applied buds, the Honeysuckle, with slender, padded and raised petals, Pea Pods, with detached shells and beaded peas, a Primrose and bud, both with raised petals, and a traditional red Rose, all enclosed by coiling stems, whipped with gold thread. Nestled among the foliage can be found a bee, with raised wings and velvety body, a plump caterpillar and a tiny ladybrd with detached wings. Gold spangles complete this design. Kit Contents This embroidery kit contains all materials required to work this project: Ivory silk duchess satin, quilter's muslin, tracing paper, red cotton fabric, organza and organdie, felt, paper-backed fusible web, beads, gold spangles, and coloured wires. Threads – Soie d'Alger Silks, Madeira Silk, DMC Stranded Cottons, and assorted silk, rayon, nylon and metallic threads. Equipment Required You will need the following equipment: A copy of Shakespeare's Flowers in Stumpwork, which contains all the diagrams and instructions 28 or 30 cm (11 or 12 in) embroidery hoop or slate frame 15 cm (6 in) embroidery hoop Two 10 or 13 cm (4 or 5 in) embroidery hoops Needles: Crewel/Embroidery sizes 3 - 10 Straw/Milliners sizes 3 - 9 Sharps size 11 or 12 Tapestry sizes 26 - 28 Sharp Yarn Darners sizes 14 - 18 Small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors Fine blunt-nosed tweezers to shape wire Small wire cutters or old scissors Small plastic ruler