17th Century Dutch Iris

This project uses new threads from the Frostings Club, showing off the new thin untwisted silk called Trame that is in the historic colors of my other thread lines. This size of thread enables 'thread painting', something that was done with great effect in the 17th century by Dutch and Flemish professional embroiderers. In fact, their detailed rendering of the feathering on the flowers from spring bulbs is often a clue to the low country origins of the works.

This piece was inspired by a purse from the collection of the Rijksmuseum. The project is only 2" square and is surrounded by gold threads, giving a rich look to the piece. The piece can be framed or turned into a sweet tiny purse.


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