Friday, September 15, 2017

Martha is a Finish

Here is the lady in all her bridal finery.  The gown in golden olive is comprised of 193 tiny rice stitches stitched with one strand and simulating the look of brocade fairly successfully.  It took three days of stop and start stitching to complete the gown.  Aging eyes can slow one down.  The petticoat, in purple and cream is done in satin and back stitch  Smyrna Crosses are used for the pearls in her hair, the lace at her throat and for her shoes.  The original shoes were purple velvet dancing slippers.

Tomorrow there will be a photo of the entire piece, neatly pressed.

I checked on line [Nordic Needle] for some bell pull hardware: and found a lovely one in satin finish brass with a heart charm and another in scrolled pewter.  I haven't made a decision yet but I do think Martha deserves that touch of elegance.

Flat Satin Brass Bellpull Hardware with Heart - 12 cm (4.7")

Hammered Pewter Heart Scroll Bellpull Hardware - 14 cm (5.5")

The brass looks very attractive and the heart charm is most appropriate for a wedding sampler.  It has the added advantage of a very clearly centered eyelet for hanging.  The notch at the center of the pewter heart seems a bit more problematic.  It could easily slip off a peg or nail leaving the whole piece hanging drunkenly askew.  But pewter has always been one of my favorite metals for home decor and is a typically Early American material.  The incorporation of the heart into the scroll design fits in nicely with the wedding theme.  I may end up ordering both and making a decision with fabric and hardware in hand.  I'd be interested in any comments from readers as to their own preferences.


Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Martha's dress is gorgeous, well worth the time spent on stitching it.
If the colours in the photo are true then I think I prefer the brass bell pull furniture. But both are lovely!

CalamityJr said...

Wow - her dress is lovely. It definitely showcases your stitching skills, though I suspect you only used a fraction of the stitches in your arsenal. It will be interesting to see which bell pull you choose.

deb said...

Congratulations on finishing this lovely sampler!