My Last Queen, Victoria as a Royal Bride
My Journey Stitching Victoria: A 3 Part Story
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Queen Victoria, Royal Bride
Here finally is my Last Queen
Queen Victoria complete kit includes shipping $318.00
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Victoria's Needles will come back at E-Week.
Gary Parr and Christine Williams Fiber Talk links
Also on FlossTube at: https://youtu.be/2cDxc8YXfvw
On the podcast I talk with them about designing Victoria
On August 5, 2018 Queendom Website traveled to meet the Last Queen.
If you like to retrace our trip, click here.
Choosing Queen Victoria as
My Last Queen
Above is a link to a three-part series about my journey choosing and stitching Victoria.
Originally I intended the series to be five parts, but I decided the last two parts were better left until
E-Week in October. They relate to collecting Victoriana and a couple of outstanding pieces in Carolyn Meacham's personal collection.
Something to look forward to.
Favorite Factoid about Queen Victoria:
Sitting Bull, the great hunkpapa Lakota Chief, called Canada 'Grandmother's Country' in recognition of Queen Victoria.
Description of My Victoria
All the Royal Influences on My Portrait
I have made a separate page which includes a photo of the original painting from which I designed my Victoria, along with photos of Victoria's wedding jewelry, including the sapphire brooch that Albert gave her as a wedding gift (there is a photo of Queen Elizabeth II wearing the brooch), plus photos of the actual Honiton lace in Queen Victoria's Veil and dress.
One of the main purposes for stitching Victoria was to see if I could use needlepoint stitches to suggest Victoria's Honiton Veil and dress. Honiton is a British bobbin lace with a distinct look. In the months to come, I will write more about Honiton lace, show photos of the lace, the bobbins and the patterns, including some bibliography.
Do compare the photos of the real Honiton with my stitched Honiton and you will see the emergence of the Honiton patterns on the Veil I stitched.
In the portrait from which I adapted mine, Victoria is not carrying her bouquet of orange blossoms, rather it is pinned to the front of her dress. Both her bouquet and the wreath on her head were of orange blossoms, a symbol both of betrothal and chastity. For years after Victoria and Albert were married, Albert gave Victoria jewelry of orange blossoms which she wore especially on their anniversary.
Order of the Garter
Earlier on my website I posted photos of two different red silks. I posted them in large hanks so you could see them clearly; here they are, used in tiny bits to replicate the Star of the Garter and the Garter Collar. The Order of the Garter was founded by Edward III in 1348 and regarded as the most prestigious British order of chivalry.
Queen Victoria's Jewelry
By luck I found beautiful sparkling vintage medium-size montees and I bought them expressly for Victoria. To them I added small vintage montees that I had saved for over 10 years, waiting for a special occasion to use them. The actual jewels that Victoria wears are larger than the jewels I used. In part I scale them back because they are so large and seem somewhat out of scale with my needlework. (This was also true of my portrait of Catherine the Great).
The background was one of the trickiest decisions I made. I had to find a color just about halfway in value between the white dress and veil and Victoria's brown hair. Once I stitched it, I lightened and enlivened it ever so slightly with the specks of Kreinik braid and the white silk.
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Photos on left and below right show the kit contents for 'Queen Victoria, Royal Bride'.
On left: beads: the montees, seed beads, crystals and large Czech glass sapphire.
Below right: Trebizond, Soie Perlee, Soie Gobelins, Kreinik braids, River silks and flosses
Bottom right: 19 colors of Soie d'Alger silk.
Description of Victoria's Kit Contents
White Congress Cloth
I stitched Victoria on a 12.5" x 14.5" piece of white congress cloth and she is approximately the same size as the other queens. Victoria is in her frame now, so measuring her is difficult. I'm guessing she is approximately 6.25" x 8.25" but I might be off a tad bit.
Why a piece of congress 12.5" x 14.5" instead of 12" x 14"? So you can fold under each edge 1/3" and hem the edges. I hate tape, I figure you might not like it either.
I love the threads in Victoria, some are less common white silk textures, good for Victoria's veil and dress. Here is a list of the threads:
19 colors of Soie d'Alger. The largest amount is 16 strands, the smallest is 1/2 strand (for details in Victoria's face).
8 colors of floss. 5 full skeins, the others 1 strand and 1/2 strand for details in Victoria's face and hair.
4 spools of Kreinik braid.
5 spools of specialty white silks for Victoria's veil and dress. These Specialty Threads are Trebizond, Soie Perlee and Soie Gobelin.
2 full cards of 'River Silk' (brand) silk ribbon.
Beads and Jewels
Special vintage montees (glass mounted in metal), two sizes: small and medium.
Quite by accident I came across an extraordinary stash of medium montees, the best I've ever seen for their sparkle. I bought them all for Victoria. I combined them with some small montees that I have saved, waiting for the righ project for a little over 10 years.
Together these montees are the best I've ever had, quite fitting for Victoria's wedding jewelry.
The instructions are 39 pages long, plus a title page.
5 Oversize Graphs in color
4 page appendix in color
11 x 17 color copy of my finished Victoria.
These represent everything you will need to complete Victoria except needles and beading thread. As many people have them, I have made a separate paper beading packet with tapestry needles, embroidery (sharp) needles, beading needles and Nymo beading thread.
Commemorative Needle Book with needles and beading thread for Victoria
4 tapestry needles in 2 sizes
4 embroidery needles in 2 sizes
6 beading needles in 3 sizes
2 spools of beading thread 0 and 00
Why embroidery needles?
I like to end off threads with embroidery (sharp) needle -- an embroidery needle doesn't disturb the stitches as much as a tapestry needle does.
The needles are on three pages; opposite each page are guides for using the needles.
Needles and thread come in a plastic baggie, easy to keep together.
Price of $23.00 includes shipping.