The holidays gave me some time off to work on the Woodland in Wool Crewel Project although the group’s weekly meetings have been hit and miss through the holidays. We will get back to regular Thursday evening sit and stitch sessions next week. Here is a set of pictures for you to see the progress I have made.
You may recall that the book “Embroidery Companion” by Alicia Paulson has several really nice hand stitching/embroidery projects. This book has 30 projects in all. There are decorative pillowcases, tablecloths and designs to edge dishtowels that would make a lovely, personal gifts. A nice set of tea or dish towels purchased quite inexpensively are easily turned into a very classy and expensive looking gift that is both personal and from the heart.
The book also has several nice counted cross stitch projects: baby bibs, samplers, trimmed curtains, napkins and pillows.
But the Crewel work projects are my favorite. I would like to do every single one of them – eventually. There is a really cute and cozy looking flannel hot water bottle cover, a folksy Tree of Life design that would be wonderful hung in a frame for baby or for grandma – with grandchildren’s names on the leaves. I could also see it as the center design of a baby quilt top, as a pillow, or – well – as lots of things because it is just an adorable design. The gingerbread hearts mobile are made with crewel weight yard stitched onto felt – worked all in white – and look very “Hansel and Gretel”. Just perfect for Christmas Tree ornaments or used as appliqued quilt blocks.
But the one project that had to be the first one to attempt is the Woodland in Wool. The design is taken from an 1730’s early American seat cushion, but the flowers conjure up the idea of a tapestry. I love these story telling type designs. It is described as highly stylized fantasy in heavily detailed crewelwork.
It is a bit large, so I have divided the picture in half and have started working on the left hand side – which is now almost finished.
I am using a medium weight linen with a fairly large weave, a 12″ hoop that has a wide 1″ ring width, 100% virgin wool by Paternayan. A crewel needle with an eye large enough to accommodate the weight of the wool yarn and a good task light.
Now, transferring the pattern is always the thing, isn’t it? There are several transfer methods you can use, but I will save that for another post with pictures to demonstrate.
The entire project is worked in simple satin and long/short stitch – outlines are done in stem stitch. So, that is all you are seeing here – almost no shading technique is being used so this is really quite simple. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t look like much at this stage. Persevere and it will start to come together – I promise you.
Here you can see that I have worked a leaf in seed stitch and white French knots …and I am now almost ready to transfer the other half of the design. I will have to take the fabric out of the hoop – transfer the design carefully (mostly free hand drawing) and re-hooping…
That is all for now. I will take some time during New Years Eve and New Years Day to continue and will hopefully have the other two flowers nearly completed!!
Happy New Year!