I adore it when I see projects folk have worked up from my designs. I’ve shown off a smattering of them here on String under the tag “Gallery” on the categories list, but I have fallen behind of late. I will try to be more timely posting these fabulous finishes (and works in progress), as tribute and thanks to the creative people who have returned joy to me.

Right now I have several such submissions lurking in my email inbox. Apologies if you have sent photos to me that haven’t appeared yet. It’s a big inbox, and I am combing back, looking for the flags. Names and photos appear here with the permission of those who sent them. I also have some requests out to folk who have sent me photos, but from whom I do not yet have express consent to post. And if you’d like your work to appear here in a subsequent gallery post, please drop me a line. My Gmail address is kbsalazar (in the usual email format).

So in no particular order other than my stumbling around in the dark, I present the first of what I hope will be a renewed series of proud pieces.

The Second Carolingian Modelbook

Sent in by Alex Logsdon, a genuine original composition featuring many motifs from T2CM, selected, snipped, and arranged in true “bungee jump stitcher” mode – picked on the fly and fitted to the space available. There haven’t been many finished objects from my latest book, and this one made my heart sing.

(c) Alex Logsdon, 2022, appears here by permission

The New Carolingian Modelbook

Elaine Cochrane is working on a big purple band sampler, and has included in it some strips from TNCM. Elaine is also choosing designs on the fly in bungee-jump mode. I love seeing her piece evolve with the addition of each new bit.

(c) Elaine Cochrane, 2022, appears here by permission

Ensamplario Atlantio, Volumes I and II

It’s hard for me to separate out the fills in the two volumes in the EnsAtl series. With only a few exceptions, even I can’t remember which ones are in which book. V Louise Behrman is working on a couple of projects using the patterned fills from the books. One is a lovely bit of inhabited blackwork – panels for a casket (a small fabric covered keepsake/display box), the other is destined to be made up into an adorable needle book (a small fabric folder to keep needles safe, dry, and at hand). Both images below are (c) V Louise Behrman, 2022, and appear here with permission.

Epic Fandom Stitchalong – Adaptations

Long time friend and occasional SCA mentor Robert Himmelsbach was a stealth beta tester for some of the bands appearing as part of Epic Fandom. He used the dinosaur strips to make collar and cuff ornamentation for an otherwise historically accurate Renaissance era shirt, proudly proclaiming his ancient lineage and participation in that group’s pre-history (provided you look closely enough at his outfit). He is intending the pirate strip for a second shirt.

Links and/or info about the books mentioned are at the “My Books” tab above. The Stitchalong also has its own tab, above.

7 responses

  1. Wow, all are great work. I really should give blackwork a try, not sure why I’m a bit intimidated by it. No idea, it’s just thread and linen. And it’s not like I never rip out and correct cross stitch or other embroidery I’ve done. Hmmm, I *do* want to make a scissor sheath for the little needlework box & accessories set I made a while ago.
    The thought of dinosaurs on a Renaissance shirt gives me the giggles.

    1. Nothing to be intimidated about. Blackwork is not hard at all. You can start out using just backstitch and move on to double running stitch if and when you want to.

  2. These are all terrific but the piece by Alex L. Has stolen my heart. It is absolutely gorgeous! Superb use of colour, enough to make the piece sing but not too much to compete with the designs. My hat is off to him.
    The idea of using the Dino strip for a renaissance shirt is hysterical. Wouldn’t that mess you up if you looked at it closely. Lol

    1. I think that’s the point. The gentleman in question is a wit of long-standing and sterling reputation, not above poking subtle fun at people who have no sense of humor.

    2. Aw thank you for your kind words. 🙂 Funnily enough, I only started using color because I ran out of black one day. I soon got more black, but then I had to keep the color going so it wouldn’t be odd. A fun unplanned design feature 🙂

      1. Serendipity achieved! 🙂

      2. Your colour choices work beautifully! As do the choice and placement of all the elements.

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