This was an exhibit that was part of the textiles at Burrell collection, Glasgow, Scotland. We were on a short visit.
There were these mirrors with embroidered frames. I think the embroidery was done on satin silk and never have I seen or read anything like that before. I was quite enchanted with it.
The top portion of the mirror-

Burrell collection-emb on mirror1

Burrell collection-emb on mirror1

Castle, plants, animals, trees and people were all embroidered on to this.

Burrell collection-emb on mirror2

Burrell collection-emb on mirror2

The bottom part of the mirror, which also had animals, garden and plants.

Burrell collection-emb on mirror3

Burrell collection-emb on mirror3

Another view of the same mirror.
This definitely inspired me, now all I need is the motivation!

Seema,wanted to know the way of working the long and short stitch. Before trying a tutorial I want share some links on long and short stitch which might be useful.
these two are videos-

If these links are useful, fine. I don’t know whether I can do a better job than these people. Still ,if required I’ll try the tutorial.

We were holidaying in Europe last week. It was wonderful. I want to share this petit point embroidery experience . Before leaving Oman, I had these details from the net.
There is a substantial difference between „Needlepoint“ and „Petit Point“.
Needlepoint is stitched with thick woollen threads on large canvas, whereas Petit Point is stitched with only one thread on a fine silk gauze.

Patterns for needlepoint are printed on the canvas, while Petit Point requires hand painted patterns, which are being used by the artisan to count the stitches and carry them over to the silk gauze. Common Needlepoint work has around 80 stitches per square inch, while most of Petit Point articles have about 1,460 stitches.

Petit point requires the half-cross stitch technique, which is also known as continental stitch worked out by hand on a high quality silk gauze. As nothing is printed on the silk gauze, each embroidery requires a unique hand painted pattern.

Painted patterns had been painted at least half a century ago and therefore they are very rare. The patterns explain for each stitch on the embroidery, how the thread should be coloured. The artisan has to count the squares on the pattern, use the right coloured thread and transfer it on to the silk gauze. As finer the silk gauze is, the smaller the complete embroidery gets, and the more stitches one can find per square inch. Petit Point embroideries, which are finer than 13 by 13 stitches per square centimetre (32 by 32 per square inch) are usually produced with the help of a magnifying glass. Each Petit Point embroidery requires an extraordinary high degree of handcraft skills, patience and a lot of time, which qualifies it as a piece of art.
These details I copied from the shop website, because I may not eloquently convey the beauty of this embroidery with my words.
I visited this shop, and found how exquisite each and every piece was.
I am fond of old pictures, scenes and was so happy to be there to see this articles made by artists. I want to do some petit point some day, if not in silk gauze, at least on Aida cloth, it may not be petite but might give me the satisfaction of attempting it to preserve the memory of this fantastic place.
The lady allowed me to take pictures of the articles showcased there. These are the pictures that were taken-


Three pictures of purses


Another set




Mirrors and pill boxes

mirrors and boxes

The articles which I bought-

6.frame petit point


earrings petit point


pendant petit point

Book mark



box petit point

This tunic fabric is silk chiffon in light green. This fabric was bought with the idea of wearing over a light green t-shirt. The yoke was green [ but a different shade] and the embroidery and embellishments were also done in green colours. The details of the embroidery done on this greeny, greeny tunic!
While I was working on the tunic , picture were not taken, so the picture is of the fully completed yoke only.
The pattern was from antique pattern available on the web. I just reproduced the pattern[to suit my requirement], nothing creative here.
The whole embroidery was worked in stem stiches in two shades of green[ of course!]
The embellishments added were green seed beads and green sequins[ going green]. My only input was in the embellishing area
The yoke detail-

green on green-yoke detail

The yoke on tunic-

green on green -yoke

The tunic on my next post. Since Iam unable to find the resource from which this pattern was chosen, Iam  posting this link for  reference, may be this link has this pattern.

I had done a few long stitch kits by anchor. While browsing the net I found some pictures done in various needlepoint stitches.
These websites are full of them-


Needlepoint canvas

Rainbow gallery

I too wanted to try some, but starting with a new venture chose satin stitch as the base.
. I bought this book-1000 great quilt blocks, leading me to chose from the block designs .
the square frames were from IKEA, after measuring the size of the square, I chose two block designs. Then the canvas was marked with pencil.
These frames were meant to decorate my husband’s office room, later when he changed the office they came home. The pictures on my next posts.till then enjoy browsing these wonderful links.

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