There are about a dozen known small poesies made from wire and a special silk braid, called lacet, found in embroidered caskets of the 17th century. These ‘toys’ may have been little trinkets of affection or fun projects taught by teachers to students. It might be a coincidence, but a common conceit of the time was being painted with a small sprig in one’s hand. Were these stitched flowers made for such occasions? This project uses special reproduction silk lacets to form a sprig of strawberries and flowers. There is enough material in the kit to make a larger posey or more than one letting you keep one and gift to a friend. The project teaches the techniques used to join the braids to make petals and leaves and make a bunch of flowers and berries about 4” high to place in a secret drawer of a casket.
Kit Includes: Au Ver a Soie - Soie Ovale silks in six colors, 32-guage wire, Silk lacets in green, dark green, cream, red, pink and pink/cream, strawberry centers, flower centers, and instructions book with photographs of the embroidery and finishing.