Silk Wrapped Purl Motif for Trinket Box Side

For my next Trinket Box panel, I’m doing a motif based on

S-w purl flower original

Even tho I saved down the image from the Met Museum, I think that the photo above is about as clear as mud. You can see it much better if you go to the original, if you care to, and check it out here :*&what=Textiles%7cSatin%7cCase+furniture&pos=3#fullscreen

Click on to see the details about the piece.

I’m going for the motif in the lower right corner. The motif is edged in a couched gold twist thread. The stem of the flower slip is edged in the same way but filled with a silver twist thread.

This is the line drawing I worked up

s-w purl line drawingThe top middle really needed a space filler. The original has a little bug. I’m not into bugs and decided to use a butterfly instead.

Coloured :

s-w purl motif coloursI recognise the flower as being a daffodil, but the original wasn’t in yellow and I want to keep to the colour scheme used on my trinket box panels so far – russet and blues. (Even if the flower looks a bit pink on your monitor, it’s actually 2 shades of russet and a cream)

Here are the s-w purls supplied for the Trinket Box that I’ve selected to use on this motif :

s-w purl colours 001

The twist (well, it’s a gimp) I show was a present from Fran. It’s marked “Vintage Russian Silk Gimp on Silk”.  It’s quite stiff and a lovely old gold colour. It should hold the sharp shapes required by the motif well. I’m thinking of filling the stem with a silver purl, mostly because I don’t have any silver twist in my stash.

The techniques used with applying the s-w purl are looping and basket stitch. These have been taught in the TT Stumpwork course.

s-w purl techniques


The long and short stitch butterfly will be done in silk thread.

And that’s pretty much it! I’m currently setting up a slate frame to stitch it on – I want really good tension so all of that s-w purl doesn’t do anything evil like bow after it comes after the frame. I’m adding a calico/muslin backing, to support the weight of all that purl.




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9 Responses
  1. Vicki Stoneham says:

    Your link to the Met image doesn’t appear to work.
    This is going to look amazing, I love your colour choices.

  2. Lyn Warner says:

    I love the shape you have drawn from the original embroidery at the Met and look forward to seeing the embroidery too.

  3. Rachel says:

    Good to see the development of the design – I’m really looking forward to seeing what how you apply the silk-wrapped purl!

  4. Your design is great. Love that purl … I have a box of green that I have been hoarding. Looking forward to seeing how you use it and I am sure it will inspire me to break out mine!!

  5. Megan says:

    I have a couple of techniques for it, tho I won’t be using the one I like the best – stretched, with a silk thread wound around it, like Mary Corbet has shown.

  6. Sue Jones says:

    I’ve just been enjoying your inspiration on the Met site – loads of lovely little details in that piece (and a beautifully clear photo). I don’t know how you decided the flower was a daffodil, it just looks like a generic fancy flower to me. I’m sure it will look as good in rusty pinks as in blues. I’ll look forward to watching this panel grow.

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