Today has not been too active on the creative front. More active on the cleaning front, but that's not what I am writing about.
After going through my embroidery books, I've come up with some design ideas. Basically, a recent book, Flowers and Trees of Tudor England
by Clare Putnam London: Hugh Evelyn, 1972. It is a small folio, unpaginated (ca. 70 pp.), reproducing 32 full page color plates from leaves from Ms. Ashmole 1504. I'd seen some images online here
from yesterday, but knowing I had the book I pulled that out instead.
What has caught my eye were not the large motifs, but the various flowers that are interspersed among the larger plants, which look a lot like the later embroidery designs in their stylized flowers. I need to sketch them out, but I think they will work very nicely.
As to what to make them into? Well, another book on Elizabethan Embroidery by Digby gave me a lot of ideas, but most of those are rather large - like pillow covers, wall hangings, even coifs which are bigger than I want. But I did find chalice covers with simple edge designs along with a religion image in the middle. There were also hankies that had simple to complex border patterns, but both of those will take some time to make up - so, good idea for future projects, but not for the small thing I want to do now.
But last night, I did come up with a couple of ideas... bookmarks, and Christmas ornaments. I think the bookmarks will work better with the border designs I've got from various model-books, and the flowers should be decent ornaments, even if it takes me longer than the next couple of months to finish them. Tomorrow I will go through my linen pile, prep up a new frame or two, sketch out the designs and start working on these.
But for now I will be working on my blackwork for a bit just so I can have done something creative today. [Edit] Done at least 30 min of work on the blackwork partlet. :-)