I decided to try watercolors on silk and linen. On page 1 of the Sample Book, I tried different scenes watercolored on silk dupion with various levels of detail. Then on page 2, I painted the same scene using watercolors on different linens (28 count, 32 count, 40 count and a metallic linen blend). I really enjoyed painting on the silk. It was so lovely how you could build up the layers of colors. By contrast, the watercolor on the linen visibly wicked away. I should note too that two of the linens (32 and 40 count) were "raw" linen and I found that a bit dark to work on with the watercolors. The ivory of the 28 count was better, however, I still really did not enjoy how the watercolor moved on the linen.
I was not convinced in any of the painted samples, so I decided to do a set of samples with embroidered landscapes using a cotton/linen background that was digitally printed with a very loose watercolor I had done a few years ago for my Lighthouse Landscapes class (taught at EGA National Seminar in Louisville). For these samples (page 3), I also experimented with how much or how little detail to stitch.
Square 1 (top left)- most detailed, uses straight stitch, seeding and chain stitch, lots of layering in the bushy and leafy areas.
Square 2 (top right)- uses only straight stitch, any direction, but lots and lots of layers of straight stitch
Square 3 (bottom left)- completely flat, only horizontal straight stitch, no overlapping
Square 4 (bottom right)- not all flat, grass is completely flat with horizontal, non-overlapping straight stitches, hills in distance are layers of vertical straight stitch
Contemporary Embroiderers Who Have Stitched Caskets:
Janet Brandt (she's even done multiple caskets!!!)
“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen (read book and listened to audiobook)
“Pride and Prejudice”, 2005 movie with Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen
“Pride and Prejudice”, 1995 BBC Miniseries with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth
Online Collections referenced: MET, V&A, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of London
“Caskets of Curiosity: Stumpwork” course materials by Tricia Wilson Nguyen
“Needlelace: Designs and Techniques Classic and Contemporary” by Catherine Barley
Hilary Davidson (2015) Reconstructing Jane Austen’s Silk Pelisse, 1812–1814, Costume, 49:2, 198-223, DOI:10.1179/0590887615Z.00000000076
Jane Austen & Co.: https://janeaustensummer.org/
My Pinterest Board for Raised-work Embroidery: https://www.pinterest.com/katdiuguid/stumpwork/
My Pinterest Board for Jane: https://www.pinterest.com/katdiuguid/jane/
Raised-work Caskets with Watercolor Detail:
University of Alberta Collection: http://collections.museums.ualberta.ca/cltx/details_item.aspx?key=42284
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Collection: https://collections.mfa.org/objects/122969/cabinet?ctx=dbaaaa37-dd7d-4660-81c4-6d9ebebc1cef&idx=0
V&A, London: https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O136433/embroidered-casket/ (not watercolor, but love the inside)