Russian Goldwork Embroidery Design from 12th c. Suzdal collar

I’ve been working on ideas for my elevation gown, and of course it must have Russian goldwork on it. The underdress will have embroidered collar and cuffs, and I’m using a pattern found on a 12th century collar from Suzdal.

It’s a design I’ve sketched out a couple of times, both a simplified version and one closer to the extant piece. Like many early Russian patterns, it incorrporates 2 of my favorite motifs: the tree of life and the simple scrollwork.

In case anyone else is feeling inspired to do some Russian goldwork, I wanted to share my sketch. It’s a little cleaned up using the computer, but it should work well.

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Happy Sewing!

OMG!!! I’m Going to be a Laurel!!!!

I’m still dumbfounded. People keep asking me how I feel or what I think, and I keep saying, “I have no words.” I do keep breaking out into spontaneous giggle-fits.

I kinda felt I might be, MIGHT be talked about, but I thought it was for feedback. I have not been blindly walking down the path the be a Laurel, but I did not feel that I was close. 3 more years – I even had the projects plotted out!!!

But it was cool! I could not have planned it better. My friend Olrun and I were called into court. We both assumed it was possibly a thank you because we helped make coronation garb for Their Majesties.

But nope! We both were announced!

Before I babble. . . . you can see it all unfold on Kungaloosh’s photos from the event.

My favorite:
https://kungaloosh.smugmug.com/Crowns-Coronations/James-II/i-xTHBMZX/A

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