Monday, November 09, 2015

Crewel Work Update

Hello Everyone,

I am joining Super Mom - No Cape for her Vintage Embroidery Monday and Stitchery Link Party and I don't feel guilty joining in at the moment because Crewel Work is Vintage or maybe Antique, I'm not too sure which!

I took a few photographs of my stitching this morning, when the sun decided to show itself for a few brief minutes, but it does mean the pictures are a little pale.

Chain and Buttonhole Stitches
Blue stitches in the middle of the flower
 are chain stitches, and
the surrounding pink stitches are buttonhole stitch. 

Stem Stitches
You will notce the stem stitches, top left,
are beginning to cover the dreaded flaw!

Stem stitches
The blue stitches and the row above are stem stitches

Stab stitches
The pink stitches are stab stitches

Surface Satin Stitch and Laid Work
The pale green stitches are surface
satin stitches, with Laid Work on top.

Laid Work

I don't know much about Crewel Work, and I was worried whether or not I was stitching my Laid Work correctly.  I only have a photocopied sheet of instructions, and it doesn't include Satin Stitch or Laid Work, so I was relieved when I saw the lovely Rachel, of VirtuoSew Adventures (also participating in Super Mom - No Cape's Linky Party) had stitched a swan, using Laid Work and Couching.

When I saw Rachel's photographs of the stitching of her swan I realised this was what I was trying to do, but I wasn't sure if I should have been stitching behind the fabric, as in Satin Stitch. Rachel kindly told me that in olden times thread was so expensive you kept as much as you could on the front and the stitches on the back were tiny. With this in mind I took her advice and stitched away more determinately.

Laid Work close up
Close up on my Laid work

My colours - sketch
Because I changed the colours I am using
I had draw my own little sketch to keep
 track of them.

That's all from me for this week!

If you haven't already done so, don't forget to visit the others taking part in Super Mom - No Cape's Stitchery Party.  Sue's free downloadable embroidery pattern, today, is a Christmas template for three sizes of  "Seasons Greetings" and Sue will have Christmas themed patterns for us, for the next seven Mondays!

Thank you all for your visits to my previous post, and for the lovely comments, which are so appreciated!

I love it when you leave me your comments and it's great to be able to visit you too!

Have a super crafty week (those that can)!

Hope to see you next week!


Barbara xx


Tracy said...

Looks lovely Barb.

CathieJ said...

What a pretty flower. Don't look at that bump as a "flaw", look at it as a sign that the item is handmade.

Rachel said...

Well done. I'm glad to know that my advice was so timely! It's looking good!

Christine B said...

Your embroidery is looking really beautiful Barbara! I especially like the laid work! Have a lovely week! Christine x

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Hi Barb. It's been forever since I did Crewel work. I like the way your laid section turned out. I'm not sure I ever did that. Super Mom doesn't care if your work is vintage or not. Isn't all needlework Vintage? I think so.

Annet said...

Your laidwork is very neat! It's been a long time since I tried this technique. Good to see you're covering most of the flaw with stitches.

Amy at love made my home said...

I think that your work is really beautiful!! I quite like the "flaw" in the fabric as that shows that the whole thing is handmade! xx

Lilly's Mom said...

This is such a beautiful piece of crewel work. Your stitches are amazing.

Chris of UK City Crafter said...

Your crewel work is really coming on, that piece of laid work looks so neat.

Gillian said...

I've never heard of laid work - yours is very well done. Beautiful work.

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you Tracy. xx

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you CathieJ. I hadn't seen it that way!
Barbara xx

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I have never tried laid work and I definitely am admiring yours! I keep thinking I should do another piece in crewel work and it's on my 'wanna-do' list. Maybe someday!

FlashinScissors said...

Thanks Rachel, you really set my mind at rest, and I was able to finish that section happily. xx

FlashinScissors said...

Thanks Christine! Hope you are having a lovely week too! xx

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you Carol! I know she doesn't mind really, but I couldn't help feeling she mentions "Vintage" firstly, and it made me feel a little guilty not showing Vintage work! so now I'm happy, as Crewel Work is Vintage! Hope you are having a great week! xx

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you Annet, I'm quite pleased how the laid work went and am persevering covering the flaw! xx

FlashinScissors said...

Thanks Amy, that makes me feel better about it! xx

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you Pat! I'm still working on it! Thanks for popping by!
Lovely to hear from you. I will be over to visit you! xx

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you Chris. I am hoping to do some more stitching at the weekend! xx

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you, Gillian. Perhaps I could start a new craze for it? No, maybe not! It is a bit fiddly, but then so are a lot of crafts! xx

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you Mary Anne. Yes, I'm thinking of starting a "craze" for it! No, seriously, I am really enjoying it now, and can't wait to stitch some more of it! xx

Sheryl said...

This is looking so pretty, I like your colour choices and can´t remember the last time I did crewel work. This piece makes me want to start something like.. right now.

Helen Philipps said...

Beautiful work....crewel embroidery has a wonderful traditional look. Happy weekend.
Helen xox

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you Sheryl.
I am enjoying the crewel work, but I've just stitched a batch of French knots on one side of the main flower and decided the wool is too dark to see the knots so I'm just about to cut them off and start again! All part of the fun, isn't it!
I hope you are having a nice weekend and getting some stitching in!
Barbara xx

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you for your comment, Helen. It's just the right thing to be stitching on a cold winter's evening. I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend too! xx

SuperMomNoCape said...

No need to feel guilty at all... any kind of hand embroidery is most welcome to link up to the party. Vintage refers to the vintage Workbasket patterns that I share each week.

Your crewel piece is really coming along. I love all the different stitches you're using... especially the laid couch work!

Thanks so much for linking up to last week's Stitchery Link Party and for the wonderful link back encouraging others to come join the fun! Aloha hugs!

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you Sue! You've put my mind at rest!
I look forward to joining the party again on Monday if I can get my post ready in time!

Barbara xx