By permission of the Gloves Collection Trust, courtesy of the Fashion Museum, Bath and North East Somerset Council

Size: 2" diameter

Glittering Snail
$17.50 Kit SOLD OUT

(Includes donation of $7.50 to Fashion Museum, Bath & North East Somerset Council to help rehouse 17th century glove collection)

Instructions for this Needlework Nibble are available in the Web Projects section of the website.

This kit is an exciting venture in fund raising for museums. The piece is based upon a small detail on a glove (BATMC-GLO-23342A) owned by the Gloves Collection Trust housed in the Fashion Museum, Bath, UK. The Gloves Collection Trust was set up by the Worshipful Company of Glovers. The museum is in the process of raising funds to rehouse all of the 17th century gloves (totaling over 150) in new conservation storage boxes with easy access stands to both support the pieces as well as allow for easier viewing by visitors to the appointments room. Every two kits sold will fund the materials needed to rehouse a set of gloves. $7.50 of each kit will go to the Fashion Museum, Bath & North East Somerset Council and be designated for this purpose.

The project is faithful to the original, including the majority of the materials used. This opportunity came about at the same time as the first production run of blue silk gimp (silk wrapped silk core thread) from Golden Threads came about. Therefore the piece can be worked as seen on the historic example. While this new, exciting thread is being made for Thistle Threads classes, this is the first retail opportunity for stitchers to obtain some.

The techniques used in the project are primarily couching with a small amount of split stitch and one french knot. It is the unusual materials which gives the piece its highly textured look.

As part of the fund raising for this project, the Thistle Threads blog will be allowed to show dozens of pictures of pieces in the collection which were taken on two recent visits. So purchase a kit for a good cause and curl up with the blog for several weeks while you work it.

Kit Contents:
34 ct. Legacy Linen, blue silk covered purl, blue silk gimp thread, silver plated check metal thread, three colors of silk ovale, twisted yellow filament silk cord, soie d'Paris, silk backing fabric, floss for twisted cord, three needle sizes.