Another fun filled day of new techniques from the past!
This morning, we started with a bobbin lace demonstration by Plimoth interpreter Kate Moore.
She even set up a basic pattern and let us each try out a few basic stitches! I was super psyched about this because lacemaking is the next craft on my list! And I actually really enjoyed trying it out, which was good to know. So…new craft hopefully coming soon! Yay!
After that, we had some time to work on our samplers before lunch. Here’s the embroidery squad!
During lunch, a lovely woman named Kim taught some of us how to do the plaited braid stitch, a super fancyface goldwork stitch that’s really common in 17th century embroidery for doing all of the beautiful scrollwork, stems, etc. Her method of teaching it was pretty brilliant – instead of trying to get a bunch of beginners to do an intricate stitch really tiny and waste nice materials, she taught us on plastic canvas using big gold cord! It was so much easier to see, and helped us understand how the whole stitch goes together.
In the afternoon we got a tour of the wardrobe department! We saw a bunch of the embroidered pieces they have in their stock, and some other fun stuff – including a scrapbook of photos of the Plantation in the 70s!
We also got to hang out with the Plimoth Jacket some more, and get some photos up close and personal!
Our last workshop of the afternoon was making buttons with Dan Rosen. We learned how to make one very common style of thread wrapped button with many variations, and a more decorative style of button that’s covered with a basket weave pattern.
Overall, it was a fantastic weekend. I learned a bunch of new techniques, made some awesome new friends, and rekindled my love of embroidery that’s kind of fallen by the wayside while I’ve been in school. I’m looking forward to finishing my Plimoth Jacket sampler, and I’m already thinking about my next embroidery project (and the next one…and the next one…) – I found a pattern in a 1608 book of Celtic knot work…that’s made of snakes! I’m thinking a coif 🙂