I thought readers here might like something interesting to look at while they were waiting for me to post a picture of my Forest Path stole in mid-block.

Knitting isn’t my only needlework pursuit. I also embroider A while back I pulled together a book of historical counted thread embroidery patterns. It proved as popular as the publisher proved to be untrustworthy. Both are now hard to find. The publisher appears to have disappeared, and the book is out of print. Be that as it may, I still enjoy counted thread embroidery – especially blackwork. Here’s a piece I’ve been working on for quite a while. (In fact, were it knitting it would qualify for inclusion in my Chest of Knitting HorrorsTM just for the amount of time it’s taking to finish.)

It’s going to be a blackwork coif. That’s a small, flat bonnet-shaped hat. The design is partly original, and partly adapted from 17th century sources. I’m doing it in black Krenik silk on 50-count linen. he working method of doing first rows of cross stitch, which are later entirely oversewn by a raised outline stitch (in this case, chain stitch) is something I’m toying with after seeing a similar approach in a photo of a half-done piece in a book of sources (excuse small images, something screwy is going on at PicServer. I’ll put the big ones back when they become available again).

And a detail shot:

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