With permission I have set myself a challenge to try and reproduce the pattern and stitch this item. Not everyone may notice this piece as it is on a table rather than hanging on a wall and the protective glass reflects other items in the room. I would like to produce a similar design for a wall that would be easier seen with non reflective glass.
8th May 2017
My first day of my project in reproducing a needlepoint using Lady Edith's. I spent three hours. Make sure you look out for it when visiting, as it is in her sitting room on a card table and depicts the house, garden and some "ark characters".. three hours which I feel, having done so is as long as I could spend looking through a magnifier. I initially planned to make a colour chart but abandoned that idea fairly quickly as too many shades to try and replicate in small squares so it became a combination of colour and symbols. I used some printable graph paper which is set out in 16 square blocks. The original is approximately ten stitches per inch but I am planning 32 per inch. I will use 32 per inch Belfast linen as this will allow for the finer petit poin throughout the pattern as well as the gros point.
-poor lighting which is expected in a museum type environment in order to protect the items on display
-fading of threads over ?80+ years made it hard to differentiate between actual colour shades and deterioration by light.
-on close inspection some threads look two toned. This maybe due to a thread mix or again fading. I will improvise as it will be my 'take" on the design. I am an amateur not a professional in this work.
I plan to use silk stranded threads and have been liaising with the silk dealer. Electronic colours are far from accurate but the best I can manage as too expensive to try out all their 1400 samples!
The needlepoint is not completely square as the four corners are cut out to fit the table. I have been unable to find any pattern for this piece to know whether it was square and altered to fit or made to fit. From what I have seen and read Lady Edith certainly had the skills to draw the plan, chart and stitch it but did she have the time. Again I have no evidence, as yet, to say if this needlepoint was started and finished solely by Lady Edith Londonderry.
Initially I planned to complete the chart, then choose he threads prior to sewing but again I have changed my mind on that too. I will choose threads and chart and sew as I go so I don't get bored.