My first historic embroidery attempt was a mix of part of the Göss vestments patterns and the same partial pattern seen in the V&A. It's on the garish side of "where are my sunglases" and I've kept it mostly as a reminder of why you need to be careful about choosing colors. I still shudder when I see it....
Since then I have spent a lot of time playing around with different linen fabrics, types of silk, looking at extant embroideries in museums, buying books with even more extant embroideries, trying to charter patterns and get a grip on color combinations (my sense of esthetique is permanently impaired) and have reached the conclusion that I have a hate / aversion relationship with embroidery . But I love figuring things out. And I love a challenge. So I experiment and fiddle and sometimes I even finish my projects.
This is a selection of some of my experiments so far. I might even get around to posting some photoes of the finished and made up embroideries someday soon. Don't hold your breath though, I am a natural born procastinator.
My first ever attempt at any kind of embroidery has been on it's way for something like 10 years now. Every 2-3 years I go back to it and put in a little time.
It's a chinese dragon embroidered with cotton thread and fake gold thread in a color scheme more to my taste than traditional. The background fabric is thai silk.
It'll go to the grave with me , still half done.