Silver Thread Embroidered Bear

I just recently finished another metalwork embroidery piece, a rendition of my wife’s heraldry. Here is Cwen’s registered device:

Per fess sable and argent, two decrescents and a bear stantant gaurdant within a bordure all counterchanged

I offered to make this in metal thread similar to the rendition I had recently done of my own device. Since her device is in sable and argent, I had the idea of doing “or nue” (shaded gold) using silver metallic thread rather than gold (argent nue? 🙂 )

The first step, of course was to draw out the design. I’m never terribly happy with my drawing skills, but I eventually came up with the following. I was pretty happy with this design, and Cwen liked it as well. 


I transferred the design onto black linen using the prick-and-pounce method, with white flour as my pouncing powder. I then outlined the design in white thread.

Ready to start embroidering.

For the top section the background was in black silk over silver thread, with the border and moons using a bricked pattern couched with light grey silk. The bottom had the background in silver couched with grey, and the bear in black silk. Once the basic work was done, I outlined the designs in silver pearl purl to help smooth out the edges and make the design pop. Cwen and I were both happy with the final result. She plans to put it on a Viking ring pouch that will let her show off her arms.

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