Cynthia Rutledge - Contemporary Designs of Timeless Elegance
Jacobean Floral Bracelet
©2012 by Cynthia Rutledge

Jacobean Floral Bracelet ©2012 by Cynthia RutledgeJacobean embroidery is one of the earliest forms of surface stitching. Usually worked on linen (terrra firma or base) and using 2-ply wool yarn, this style of crewelwork was influenced by the exotic flora and fauna found in imported Indian Chintzes that were brought into Europe in the 1600’s. Unlike other styles, Jacobean embroidery utilized the open space as well as the embroidered space. From fanciful fruits & flowers, exotic animals & birds to insects and the tree of life, multiple stitches were used to create colorful, scrolling, free style patterns.

The pattern would have been “pricked & pounced”, a way to place small dots to trace the outlines of what was to be stitched. The linen would have been stretched and placed in a frame.

Jacobean Floral Bracelet ©2012 by Cynthia RutledgeThis embroidery style flourished in the reign of King James 1 of England in the first
quarter of the 17th century. Popular items were men’s waistcoats; women’s stomachers, bodices, petticoats and pockets; and bed curtains, that were pulled on rods around the bed to ward of the cold.

Jacobean Floral Bracelet evokes the floral style of early Jacobean embroidery but with a three-dimensional contemporary take on traditional techniques. A central
thistle/artichoke component made of Peyote stitch; flat, flat circular and tubular ties a coiled tube of metal mesh together in the middle. Nestled into the coils, two other
fanciful botanical shapes fill space as the mesh works its way to the closure. The closure encases the ends of the rolled mesh in a beautiful set of cones embellished with an exotic shape that hides a snap.

Skill level: Intermediate/advanced

Workshop length: This is a one-day workshop.

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