Empress Alexandra working on some embroidery aboard the Standart.
Grand Duchess Tatiana of Russia doing crochet work.
Is that crochet or embroidery?
Apparently it’s needle work, so my bad for that! Hope it clears it up for you :)
Crochet is with a hook. It creates fabric in a similar way to knitting except that it was originally developed to create a cheaper and easier form of lace. Tatiana is doing some kind of embroidery, probably something called crewel work which was popular at the time.
My embroidered dish towels with each of the grand duchesses’ monograms. In the process of being put up on my etsy account!
Here is the link for anyone who is interested:
This evening I realized how much I really hate my job.
Things I do like doing:
Researching/writing about the Romanovs
Being a housewife
Now to make some sort of career out of a conglomeration of these things.
My masterpiece, finished at last!
This particular piece is not for sale but I am working on some other Romanov pieces for my Etsy shop. Stay tuned! :)
My Etsy shop is called TheMauveRoom, just like my blog! :) It is presently under construction so I only have about five things listed but there are more coming!
My finished (for now) embroidered Romanov crest.
The more I look at it, the more I think that the center needs something. I’m thinking of doing the monogram of Nicholas II. The picture I used for reference had feathers, but to be quite honest I’m too lazy to do them all.
I’ve been working on embroidering the Romanov doubled headed eagle for a wall hanging. What do you think so far, would Alix and the girls be pleased?
Ok folks, lets see if anyone can help me out here. Being the crafty woman that I am, I am interested in seeing some of the embroidery/sewing/knitting/crocheting done by Alexandra Feodorovna and her daughters that may be still in existence. They were apparently all excellent needle-women, especially Alexandra and Tatiana.
Above are what I have found so far:
1. Alexandra embroidering at Tsarskoe Selo: 1917.
2. The coverlet on the couch on the left was made by Alexandra and later used as an altar cloth in captivity.
3. Alexandra’s 1918 diary made and given to her by Tatiana on Christmas, 1917.
4. Alexandra embroidering before Konstantin Konstantinovich’s funeral: 1915.
5&6. A pillow case owned by Alexandra and possibly made by her.
If anyone has any other photos of needlework done by Alexandra or the Grand Duchesses, I would love to see them! Thanks!