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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Crewel Work, Christmas Cross Stitch, and Knitting

Hello my friends,

I trust you have all had a thoroughly enjoyable Christmas.

I'm linking to Super Mom - No Cape's Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party


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Crewel Work


This is a semi finish, and I do feel like dancing, having made it thus far!

I was intending making this embroidery into a cushion, and was going to use some blue velvet as a border around it ..... thought I knew exactly where the velvet was ..... and then I realised that in the summer we had had a clear out ready for decorating, and what happened .... I gave that piece of fabric away! Doh!

Now I shall have to think again about what to use to make my cushion!

Finished flower!
Finished!
Little flower finished too!
I really struggled with this, and I don't think
it is quite right,but I'm happy enough with it!

Main flower head

You can find details of stitches and more
 in my previous posts filed,
strangely enough, as "Crewel Work!"

This was a project my local handicraft group were working on, and I hadn't initially intended to join in! However, once I started I became happily immersed in my stitching, so much so I have 3 books on the subject currently sitting on my coffee table - one library book, and two books that were recommended by Mary Corbett of Needle'n Thread. I have talked about Sheila Armour's book previously.  The second book Mary reviewed was  Crewel Embroidery in England by Joan Edwards - click on the link to see Mary's review.  I haven't had time to read the book thoroughly yet, but even DH was impressed with the historic information it contained!

I hope that wasn't too much information - once I start I can't stop!

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Christmas stitchery

I stitched these cross stitch pictures a while ago, but as I haven't shared any cross stitch for a while I thought I would feature these pictures today:

Margaret Sherry pattern.
A Margaret Sherry pattern from
CrossStitcher magazine
Cake band.
My cake band awaiting its cake....
I will probably use the following two for Christmas cards next year.
    Christmas card picture.
    Second Christmas card picture

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Knitting

Plus, I'm sure you have noticed, I like variety, and have started working on  a new project!

Unfortunately I spotted this wool on our recent trip to the local stitching supply shop, and I couldn't resist buying it as I really needed a new waistcoat.
Recent wool purchase -  Kiko by Sirdar.
The wool looked so pretty, I couldn't help but buy it!
Kiko by Sirdar.
The colour in the photo is not strictly true to life, but it is close enough!

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Did you do any crafting over Christmas? ?


BTW: Don't forget to visit Super Mom - No Cape's Stitchery Party to see what others are making.


Thank you for visiting today, and I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Hugs!


Barbara xx


8 comments:

  1. Happy New year to you too. I'm crocheting a quick scarf for my daughter who leaves for the UK tomorrow. I best get offline quick smart.

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  2. Beautiful stitching, especially your crewel work, that is wonderful! xx

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  3. I love the wee kittie in the wreath - so cute! And isn't that always the way that we keep something for years and finally get rid of it, only to wish we hadn't. I was a good girl and cleaned up my sewing room before Christmas and then desperately wanted to start a project so I could mess it up again. I resisted until the day after Christmas and I've started on another hussif.

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  4. Happy New Year Barbara. just love your crewel work, such pretty colours. My granddaughter loved a knitted lap rug she saw in my house over Christmas, so I have started on making her one.

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  5. Wow you are so multi-talented Barbara! The crewel embroidery is absolutely gorgeous and I love your other stitcheries too - especially the kitty. Why did you say "unfortunately" you bought that wool? LOL Temptation won out eh?
    Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  6. Wow you are so multi-talented Barbara! The crewel embroidery is absolutely gorgeous and I love your other stitcheries too - especially the kitty. Why did you say "unfortunately" you bought that wool? LOL Temptation won out eh?
    Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  7. Your crewel work is gorgeous! And I love the cute Christmas cross stitch. Fun to see you started a new knitting project, I'm almost ready to start one too. I found the perfect yarn last week. I did a lot of journaling between Christmas and yesterday, but couldn't blog about it. My computer crashed and I needed a new one. I hope to share my work soon. Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative 2016!

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  8. Happy New Year!
    I hope you find a suitable piece of fabric for your lovely crewel work. This is why I never throw anything away!
    Love all the other crafts you've shown us too, especially the M.Sherry cat.

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