Shakespeare's Pansy Decoration is an exquisite advanced Silk and Gold Work Needlework Kit featuring traditional Elizabethan stitches and techniques.
The design, which features a section of an original 17th Century gentleman’s nightcap held in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's Collection in Stratford-upon-Avon, was interpreted and embroidered by Alison Cole.
The materials in this kit have been chosen specifically for their quality and close match to the materials used in the original piece. Our new 'Elizabethan' linen has been developed specifically for this kit and has been organically grown, spun with a rounded thread, and woven to the density and strength of original 17th Century linen. It has been double boil washed to achieve it's colour, and no bleach or other chemicals have been used in its production. When stitching with this linen you will notice that it does not 'bounce' up and down as the needle and thread pass through, but instead stays flat, smooth and still, giving a very pleasurable stitching experience.
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
- 1 method 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: 7.5 x 7cm (3 x 2 1/2 inches)
Linen size: 23 x 23cm (9 x 9 inches)
Included in the kit:
Historically accurate 'Elizabethan' even-weave linen, final piece with design printed on and practice piece, 8 DeVere silks, 5m gold passing thread, 3m silver passing thread, 2 gold-Plated needles, 2 silver needles, fully illustrated step-by-step stitch instructions and stitch chart, smart A5 box to keep everything in.
Phillipa Turnbull has been producing beautiful embroidery kits for over 25 years. Her crewel work designs are based on the historic needlework she finds in the attics of British castles and country houses that she has spent her career exploring.