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.
I’ve been having fun sketching Viking Rus embroidery designs from period sources. Their artwork, as I may have said before, is this amazing mix of Viking, Byzantine and Eastern. I’m still researching on the stitches they used, but I haven’t yet found enough to post anything.
Here’s a new design. It’s based on a sword hilt from 11th century Ukraine.
Neckline / collar
Hem, Sleeves and other Straights
Between 2 days of homeschool co-op and one of my best friends getting married, it’s been a busy couple of days. I’m just posting a new Rus Viking embroidery design based off of an 11th/12th century piece of Rus embroidery. Documentation to the piece will come later. Enjoy!