Thread tracing the pattern onto the back of the riding jacket. This embroidery design from Urban Threads just caught my eye…I ummed and ahh-ed and then just pinned it on and stitched straight through it. As you can see, I’ve started to cut the paper away here and there. Because of tall the twisting and turning, the paper is very crumpled now anyway, and should pull away from the stitching as I go. Here’s another copy of the design, where I’ve traced off the ‘loops’ in red and green.
The actual design boils down [mostly] to three ‘lines’, it’s more or less only those little spirals at the top that aren’t connected. I went out to the market today, and bought some small black beads which I’ll use for the eyes and any highlighting that I feel looks right. You can just about see my chalked twirls underneath where I plan to extend the design down to the back waist. The twirls will be mirrored on the cuffs before filling in with the random ‘cornelli’ design, like this:
While at the markets, I also bought some more curtain lining for toiles [at only £4/m for 108″ wide, it’s too good to pass up], ribbon to trim the final purple tail bodice, and some gorgeous sparkly stuff for a choker. Yum.
I picked up some rather lovely black velvet for a FB friend as well, as she can’t find any locally that she likes. I walked straight up to the stall that I knew would have some, and voila! Luscious heavyweight black velvet, £11/m. I love the rag market!
Then I chatted with the stall holder as he measured and cut. Apparently, the market’s days are numbered. This stall holder is currently paying £550/week, for four days trading. The council plan to knock down the historic market, and move it to another site some distance away. There, it will be open 7 days a week, so the stallholders will pay twice as much to keep their places. Of course, this will not magically produce twice as many customers, and in fact, as most regulars to the market rely on buses and good old Shanks’ pony to get there, custom will be lost. Result? Clear evidence from the council’s point of view that no one shops in markets any more. And another bit of the city’s history is lost.