Saturday, August 19, 2006

 

Mountmellick style for Jammies white on white

Jam-mam, just thought I'd give you a little detail about what I have just finished on your White on White. Firstly I have forgotten to take a pic :(I had decided to do some Mountmellick work, which was done in Ireland with white threads on white cloth. (I think my grandmother had something similar in her household linens, but I think hers was probably from a German embroidery tradition)AS the subject I chose a shamrock (or clover) a leaf and flower , the leaf I worked in buttonhole and the flower in bullion stitch, with stem stitch for the stalks, I used perle cotton in 8 and 12 for the embroidery as that is similar to the original threads first used for Mountmellick work. On the seam I tried out the Mountmellick stitch, which turns out similar to a buttonhole with a twist. I only worked on one of the blocks. I hope you like what I did, I try to attempt a new stitch each block I work on, to add to my repertoire.
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Am disappointed that you forgot to photograph the block Hope
(maybe next in line can and will?) and am looking forward to seeing your Montmellick work .
 
It sounds lovely Hope :o) I have a book on Montmellick but haven't gotten around to trying any myself yet so i will view yours with great interest (oh and because I am nosey ) VBG
 
Maureen, I found it OK, but still think I need a bit more practice, the hardest thing was seeing the white embroidery on the white fabric (Don't have the best light for working at night). I did manage to work out the Mountmellick stitch, apparently it is the only specially developed for this type of work. Other typical stitches include, satin, buttonhole, stem, bullion etc.
 
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