Sunday, April 15, 2012
Soignies Relic Bag for Queen's Largess
Anyway, since I need yet another brick stitched thing like I need a hole in my head, I decided that whatever this little bit of embroidery turned out to be would go towards the largess basket for Pennsic this year. I had been looking at the Soignies bag, so beautifully redacted by Isis at Medieval Silkwork. It's a nice, small bag in a simple lozenge pattern which as it turns out was very easy to work and went along comparatively quickly. I think the trick with "easy" brick stitch, or counted work in general, is the size and complexity of the pattern. The larger the repeat, or the more obfuscated the pattern, the harder the pattern will be. In hindsight this seems to be perfectly obvious but somehow it didn't occur to me that this would be the case when I picked a strangely repeating keyhole design for my first project and a massively huge lozenge with keyholes for the cushion. Don't even get me started on the eyelettes. That wasn't difficult so much as time consuming.
This weekend was Spring Coronation and the A&S competition was centered around largess so, since this was finished and ready to go, I entered it. I won! But better than that, when I went to pick up my comment book and documentation, the new queen made a point of pulling me aside and telling me how much she liked it and how grateful she was for it. That was better than any prize. I'll never really know if whoever she gives it to likes it, but I know she does and that's just as good.