Wednesday, 30 October 2013
A very useful book to have in your crewel needlework travel bag is " Crewelwork " by Jacqui McDonald from the RSN Essential Stitch Guides book collection.
I have been dipping into it every now and then .... I have drawn with pencil, freehand, the stag and rabbit on pages 20 and 21.They are from a much larger piece of work in the Royal School of Needlework collection English 20th century .....and perfect for my needle pockets . Although a little clumsily drawn , it'll be fine for my guidelines , to stitch over .
I am looking after my daughters little dog and she has taken a particular interest in my needlework.....she thinks the Stags head looks a bit odd..like his tongue is sticking out !
So I'll just have to unpick and do it again ....hmmph !
Sunday, 27 October 2013
...and completely cover the cover with quilt wadding , not too thick as you can see.
I gathered together some pink upholstery fabric , some lovely ivory linen and cotton and cord ... made myself a nice cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit ...and then just sat looking and thinking about it .
The thing is......... I am no good at measuring and calculating and any thing to do with numbers in general really.
So , I do everything by eye and instinct making it up as I go along .
Next I will be working on the inside of the needle cases , little pockets and padding to hold my best needles .
This is not a very good picture of it but I have pencilled on to the pockets a little rabbit and a stag....tonight ...while the big storm rises...I will be embroidering these ..quite possibly by candle light : )
Whilst I stitched , some of the petals fell from the dahlias in the vase and I was taken with the streaks of maroon on the yellow petals ,so lovely. I love how nature teaches me how colours work together .
I know that if this was to be for a hanging picture I would have made the last layer be worked from acorn cup to acorn tip , but since this is going to get alot of use as a needlecase , I would be very sad , if they were to get caught or snagged on something .
Friday, 18 October 2013
I changed my mind ! I found a couple of old necklaces in a charity shop and I thought
these light green pearls would be perfect for those peas in the pod .
I just have to sew them on .
Also I embroidered the background with French knots till quite late last night .
Time to rest my eyes ..lets go for a walk !
The weather is pretty wild here today ...I thought I.d take you down to the beach , Poldhu Cove , to see the waves ! Wellies and water proofs !
Thursday, 17 October 2013
It is time I potted up the chocolate mint cuttings on my kitchen windowsill , put on some nice music and do some calming needlework .
I am still thinking about adding a little gold work , not too much , to my " medieval owl" and have gathered a small hoard of gold threads . Maybe I will just do his beak and claws...I am still thinking about it...and relishing the moment..these things evolve slowly...and deliciously..and it is all so calming .
One for my mother who first taught me to sew and one for myself ...its time I had somewhere to keep my best and favourite needles .
I am making it up as I go along as you often do with crewel work , choosing colours and stitches .
Maybe I,ll add a little gold here too...... golden peas like coins in a purse .
Sunday, 6 October 2013
Now lets have a closer look . How many stitches can you see here ?
Mostly beautiful long and short stitch softly shading and gently flowing along leaves , petals , and stems. Some French knots in these pink flower centres .
Although slightly faded , I lose count of the number of different shades used here !
Some simple seed stitch within those typical Jacobean hills .
See how beautifully the curling leaf is worked .
Rich buttery yellow linen twill....a few small spots here and there .
I only wish ( and let it be a lesson for us all ) that she had embroidered her name at the bottom .
Actually the truth is , I walked in through the door and spotted it immediately at the back of the shop and knew that I had to buy it ! ...but I couldn't .. because it didn't have a price ticket on it . They said they'd find out for me and I said that I would pop in again later on in the week......( but thinking to myself .. I'll never be able to afford it hmmmph !
.... that or he'll have sold it. ) Anyway , two days later, it was still there ! And three days later..it was in the back of our car ! £30 : )
Saturday, 5 October 2013
I always feel quite moved as I reach down to clasp such a sweet little gift from the sea .