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A sprig of Pansy

13 November 2019


The pansy is finally finished and it stitched up beautifully.  Instead of the silver chamblet fabric the 16th century embroidery was worked on, a plain ribbed silk fabric was used for the ground.  Of course, one of the details that makes the original recognized as a garment worthy of Elizabeth I, is the silver woven into the cloth.  By adding touches of silver plate the modern reproduction sparkles too - not as much as the original, but it is still very eye catching.

A sprig of Pansy

13 November 2019


The pansy is working up very nicely, the colours are vibrant and the little fly adds a touch of whimsey.  Highlights of gold and silver provide some sparkle.

Remembrance Day 2019

My Aunt was a WWII veteran

Lt Col HJT Sloan (1917-2016)

On the 60th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands, a surprise viewing of the Bouquet of Remembrance and Celebration in its new home at Het Loo Palace

My Dad was a WWII veteran

WST Sloan (1920-2018)

He served as a coder on the HMCS Morden. The Morden had a reputation for rescuing survivors of sunken or sinking ships. During the nine month period September 1942 to June 1943, Morden rescued 357 shipwrecked souls from the Atlantic.  A talented watercolour artist, he painted a collection of ships from the Canadian Navy.

Liberation 75

9 November 2019


Just recently, someone reminded me that 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian soldiers in May 1945. 


During the war, the Netherlands Royal Family found refuge in Ottawa where Princess Margriet was born. In gratitude, the Royal family began to gift the City of Ottawa with thousands of tulip bulbs every year and the annual Tulip Festival was born in 1952. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the festival, a permanent sculpture of 50 golden tulips was presented to Princess Margriet in “Remembrance and Celebration”.


This unique sculpture was designed and engineered by artist Merydie Fjarlie.  It was stitched by Merydie and a dedicated team of skilled embroiderers over a period of 16 months. Each beautiful tulip was decorated with motifs embroidered in gold threads using the traditional technique of gold work.

Below are two of the fifty individually embroidered blooms, the torch and the poppy and an excerpt of John McCrae's 1915 poem, 

"In Flanders Fields".

Take up our quarrel with the foe

To you with failing hands we throw

The torch; be it yours to hold it high

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders Fields.

A sprig of Pansy

7 November 2019

We have started the  new series with a line drawing of the P​ansy motif as it appears on the skirt panel with a couple of flies and a butterfly.  The pansy was a popular flower during Elizabeth's reign, it was also known as heartsease.  The technique used for the flowers is a seed stitch in silk thread blended to create the delicate shading.  Some petals are highlighted with gold passing in chain stitch.  The insects are, for the most part, encroaching satin stitch with details in straight stitches.

The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I

5 November 2019

In celebration of the new exhibition at Hampton Court featuring the Lost Dress of Elizabeth I, we have decide to create a series of embroideries based on the motifs appearing on the panel.  Butterflies, birds, animals and even sea creatures feature prominently.  We'll keep you posted on our progress.

Just finished

4 November 2019

The Peace Dove will appear in Inspirations Magazine Issue 108, November 2020.  White silk, bright check, plate and passing threads in silver with Swarovski crystals and touches of blue.