Flossie, my younger daughter, is learning a new skill.
This is Suzhou embroidery (su xiu 苏绣), or Su embroidery for short. Dating back for over 2000 years, this traditional Chinese silk embroidery is “famous for its beautiful patterns, elegant colours, variety of stitches, and consummate craftsmanship. Its stitching is meticulously skillful, coloration subtle and refined.” (Wikipedia)
For more information and history about this exceptional embroidery type, look here. Su embroidery is breathtaking and the creations are stunning.
Anywho, Flossie has taught herself to do this. She bought herself a book (The Art of Chinese Embroidery: Foundation Level by Margaret Lee), read it and found what she wanted to achieve. Then she bought the silk thread, linen, silk and borrowed a traditional slate frame plus stand.
We now have our own stand and OH looked at the slate frame design and has made her a bigger version for her next embroidery piece.
Floss started by doing a test piece using cheaper linen and working out the stitches required. She has very kindly given me this piece plus I have first dibs on everything she makes. A mother’s perogative, I think.
And now she is working on the real thing on the fine silk background.
So that’s what Flossie does when she is not going to interviews, keeping up her Chinese (Mandarin), revising, doing tests, feeding and riding the horses.
I am full of admiration.
(so proud *** sniff ***)