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Yesterday was the Holy Grail event of textile events...the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.

It is an evil place.Ah, I love the smell of sheep in the morning! )
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Last night I got the linen stretched and the design drawn for the piece I will be demo-ing at the MD Sheep and Wool Festival. It is a late 15th century Turcoman design that I will be purposing into a new basket cover. I got the design from the book "Embroideries and Samplers from Islamic Egypt" by Marianne Ellis.

Decorative embroideries were used for wrapping and covering things in the Middle East so it works out really well. I love my celtic knot work basket cover but I won't mind having this new one. I think I'll sew pearls to the edge to finish it when I'm done the needlework.

Turcoman was apparently the areas of Eastern Anatolia, Northern Iraq and Western Iran in the 15th century. It will be worked in brown, red, yellow, blue, green and white silk in split stitch and laid and couched work.

I'll be using 5.3oz linen and Eterna stranded silks. The freshwater pearls I bought from [livejournal.com profile] fabricdragon. Sparkly!

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