Last fall I started embroidering a stomacher, which is chronicled here. It's been an on again/off again project and last week I finally finished it! It's not perfect...I'm not crazy about all of my color choices...but it's done and I can (hopefully) wear it next season.
I've been reading the 18th century novel Pamela, or, Virtue rewarded where I learned that embroidering was called "flowering."
Mrs. Jervis shewed my master the waistcoat I am flowering for him, and he said--'It looks well enough: I think the creature had best stay till she has finished it.'
Here are some detailed images of my crewel "flowering"...
Three rows of chain stitches run up the center vine.
My progress from February 2012 and today.
The messy backside.
Now I need a gown to wear with it. I'm thinking about yellow...