Sunday, 13 July 2014

New Modern Jacobean hand embroidery patterns

Jacobean embroidery has always been and will likely remain popular. I can’t comment on what exactly it is about this style of embroidery that appeals to others, but for me it’s about the broad variety of stitches and unashamedly floral and leafy look of the designs. 

Traditional Jacobean designs are still as popular today as they were a few centuries ago, but in the spirit of needlework innovation I saw it as a challenge to try and combine my more contemporary embroidery design style with the traditional stitch techniques you usually find in these patterns – trellises, triple rows of chain stitch in light, medium and dark shades of the same colour, blanket stitch edgings and the like.

So that's how this latest range of designs, which I've simply called Modern Jacobean, came about.

There are five contemporary designs in the range: Burnesque, Shylock, Oakenfold, Regality and Sweetsong. And each of them has a distinctive colour palette, from bright sherbet hues to more regal colours. And the names of the individual patterns were part of the creative process, too.






The embroidery patterns are available in all three of my online shops – on Etsy and Craftsy for international buyers and in my local shop exclusively for South African embroiderers.

37 comments:

Unknown said...

I've been looking at your blog for sometime now and enjoying the lovely colours and clear lines of your designs - as well as your interesting writing. I thought you might be interested in the Elizabethan jacket I made when I was 18 and blogged about here http://www.addisonembroideryatthevicarage.co.uk/2012/11/03/embroidered-elizabethan-jacket-the-flowers/. In all there are 4 posts, 1 about the flowers, 1 about the animals, I about the insects and the last about the lion and unicorns. Perhaps you might like to have a look. with best wishes for continued happy sewing, Mary Addison

Kelly Fletcher said...

Hi Mary. I follow your blog and enjoy it for the complete difference to my frame of reference. Thanks for the link, it's a great post (the flowers one). I've left a more detailed comment there for you and have made a note to go back and read the others. Kelly

Ms Sharma said...

Very beautiful and colourful. I always love your designs. Keep on creating....Best wishes and God Bless You

Ms Sharma
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Kelly Fletcher said...

Thanks Ms Sharma!

Anonymous said...

They are gorgeous - I really think you've managed to mix the traditional and contemporary so well. Love the names too. :o)

Kelly Fletcher said...

Thanks so much, they were fun to design. Glad you like the names, too.

Unknown said...

Really impressive. I'm always inspired my embroidery but feel that I may lack the patience to apply myself properly. I love your colour combinations.

Unknown said...

Hello! I love your patterns, I did a test run of this Rarity (to put on a fleece hat) but I ran into some trouble. It seemed as if the pattern shifted (the body outline) and the mane/tail had issues. I think it was something that was wrong with my fabric/stabilizer. Do you have any tips for embroidering on fleece?

Unknown said...

Wow! I love the unfinished chalk marks and stains! Is there a name or address to research the embroiderer? I would try to look into it and if nothing, I would make up a history. The piece could become an artwork between stitchers through time, though I would leave the original stitches as is and add new completely different images too. Enjoy whatever you decide:)

Unknown said...

Great tutorial ! It is nice to see all the work that goes into just one step of completing one of your cute blankets.By the way, your sewing space looks pretty organized to me!

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