Thursday, 27 July 2017

Medieval Cog Ship Crewel


 New lovable  Kelmscott scissors ! Tied with colourful cheerfulness from Yarn Yarn .
A scrap of linen from my hoard  .
A Chenille needle with a golden eye  .  
Appleton's beautiful Crewel Wool.... the colours chosen as I progress .

           I'm still back in medieval times .  This time sailing on a medieval Cog ship .


                 The design is from the Seal of Stralsund and the date is 1329 .
                I want to bring it to life with lots of medieval colour .

                    I embroidered his little face first , to bring him to life .
              He can keep me company and tell me his tales of the sea whilst I stitch .

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Medieval Prince

 This is a piece I,ve been working on while recovering from my op and post traumatic stress .
I still have quite a bit to do on this before it is finished . I have made a cord for his belt , the horse will have pendants and  tassels..I might put some stars in the sky and there will be more flowers in the grass ...but for now I am going to put it aside . Time to take a break from it ..I want to start something else ....and creative people will know that , when you get that feeling , you just have to go with it ...or lose the moment .

Originally I had planned to embroider this with silk threads but my hands just have not been steady enough . I decided to embroider it with Appletons crewel wool , which meant I had always to have a good selection of shades in my bag  at all times , as I moved about the linen , as my mood took me ....drawing on the animals in pencil as they came into my mind ...or were suggested to me by friends and even interested passers by .

                              Here are a few photos that I took along the way .

                                                    Lots of hiding creatures .

                        A Jay up in the tree..I think I later stitch a nest for her to sit in .

                                           Trout in the pool amongst the tree roots .

                I have made a cord for his belt sew on ..coming soon .

                       The trees I wanted to be like in the Bayeux Tapestry .

At this stage I had no idea that I would eventually fill the whole of the linen cloth .

                                        The startled Raven .

                                   Soft comforting crewel wool and beautiful colours .

       This came everywhere with me in my bag , like a child's comforter  and helped me block out frightening thoughts .

 I didn't use a frame , I rarely do ..I dont mean ..never..just ,only occasionally ..but not for this crewel embroidery .

                                               My trusty chenille needle .
       I try not to keep holding my needle between my lips  Lol ! I said trusty , not rusty !

                                                       A dragon appears !

                             So many shades of green favourite colour !

                                        That Dragon again coming to life !

                I will return to this , but now it is time to start something else ........

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Angel Embroideries Found !

                               Angel Embroideries found ! Thankyou St Anthony !

Monday, 20 March 2017

Elsa Williams #00078 Woodland Animals Crewel Kit finished

 Feeling happy to have finished the Elsa Williams Woodland Animals Crewel kit #00078  , which is a beautiful sampler of different basic embroidery stitches .

  Heritage Embroidery by Elsa Williams Published - Van Nostrand Rienhold Company in 1967 .

 I dipped into this vintage embroidery book , every now and again to take a clearer look at the stitch instructions .
 I would say that on the whole most of these basic stitches , could be learnt from the book, if you were a complete beginner .... with the exception maybe of the the French knot and the Tufted stitch , which would be better if someone could sit beside you and show you . There are plenty of youtubes and tutorials on line , but there's nothing like having someone actually demonstrate it to you .

                   So ,   " Dear Elsa Williams , what do you think of my French Knots ? "

 The Tufted Stitch  , was the most frightening stitch for me , but I think I have grasped it now .

 I finally chose this shade of green for the centre of the main large sunflower , this was not clear at all on the instructions .

                That tiny little pink flower , each petal all different shades of rose-pink  !

                                         Then to proudly stitch my name on .

                      The reverse ...for those who strangely always insist on seeing it  .
I always begin and end on the front and use every little scrap of thread. I never throw any of the cut off ends of threads away . I am very miserly with my crewel wool !
  I have plenty of bundles thread left over..except for the palest  yellow /gold . I used up all but about one inch of it and used that last bit to stitch the daisy in my name . Very strange how they  didn't put so much of the yellow into the kit ....anyone else with less stitching experience might have run out of this pale yellow wool and been stuck .
 I'll have to have a think about what I can do with this left over crewel wool .

             So now I,ve finished it and am thinking about having it framed .
I have another project, a medieval picture to finish , one I,ve designed myself  and have been slowly working on over the last year .
    So maybe I,ll show you some of this next time  . Happy stitching .

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Rabbit ,Owl and French Knots

So next French Knots for the blue berries . . .I,m o.k. with the French Knot , but had to try very hard to get nice round berries .
 That yellow is not clear at all what colour the centre should be . The instructions say F2 which means French Knot in shade 2 but does not give the colour number. By looking at the colour photo of the finished project on the kit packet , it looks like the same colour as the dark stripes of the furry caterpillar... I'm still thinking about that , I,ll come back to it later on .
 The instructions say that the Squirrel is to be worked in grey and the Rabbit and Owl are to be worked in shades of earth brown .....however ..the Owl and Rabbit do look grey on the kit packet picture .  Husband thought grey, we even tried to think about the wild rabbits out in our meadow ....they are browny grey ...goodness..I spent too long thinking about this and decided to do as the kit instructions said .....

"Rabbit is to be worked in Long and Short Stitches of earth brown"  ...mine looks a bit different to the kit picture , because I got carried away trying to stitch in the natural  direction of the rabbit fur ..and then there was a little bit more of the dreaded Tufted Stitch for his tail .
While I,m here, see that little flower ,the one bunny is about to nibble looks as if every single petal is a different shade of rose pink ! ..o.k. ..leave that one for another day !

 Owl . Earth brown Owl . How funny to do an Owl in French Knots . He is a very rare "Woolly Brown Owl"  .
I,ve certainly had some practice doing French Knots here ! Tell me ? They're not looking too bad are they ?
The Owl's eyes are grey Satin stitch with an earth brown French Knot in the centre .
The colours in this vintage kit are beautifully mellow .
I allowed myself to personalize it where the instructions were not clear . The only really naughty thing I did was to change the Owl's beak to yellow ! ... oh..and I worked the beak in two little Bullion Stitches ... On the kit picture it looks to have been just simply stitched with dark grey.
It does not give any colour nor stitch instructions  for stitching the Owl's beak on the " Directions for Embroidery #00078 " list ....I like to think that Elsa Williams just knew we'd all want to do that beak yellow !
 I think I can allow myself to do all the pretty Rose pink flowers next .
   Well after four days of drifting fog here on the Lizard , Cornwall , it looks as if the sun is trying to come out I,m off to take the dog for a walk and maybe a little gardening this afternoon .  Wishing you a lovely day  x

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Furry Creatures continued...

 Very fiddly , this Tufted Stitch is very scary ! The caterpillar on the kit picture has been worked slightly differently to the kit instructions diagram , which gives the caterpillar more  stripes ...I think he looks proper Cornish ..and decided to work him with more stripes. I still need to stitch in his antennae and feet .
 Then on to that squirrel . I forgot to take a picture here , of the guide lines that I found helpful to draw on with a pencil , to remind myself of the stitch direction , the way the fur lies .
 One of the annoying things about these kits is trying to make sure the stitches cover the printed lines . When I design my own  pictures I use a pencil and as I work over it, the pencil lines disappear . When I have completed this kit , I will go back over it and tidy up all those turquoise lines .
 I continued with three shades of the crewel wool for his bushy tail .

 Looking good so far ,This stitch has various other names such as Carpet stitch and Turkey Work . Then to carefully snip all the loops .

All loops carefully snipped and then I spent a very meditative 20 mins or so just teasing apart each of those snipped woolen threads , to give it a more blended and softer squirrelly tail look .
 Tomorrow I,ll begin the rabbit, which has just a little bit more of this tufted stitch for his tail  .
  It's all good practice !

Monday, 13 February 2017

Hopping mad !

                                                           Hopping mad !
I had planned to stitch all the gold areas next , but the numbers on the wool skein labels do not match the numbers on the instruction leaflet picture chart . I studied it for ages....and gave myself a headache .
 The labels on the skeins are 3, 4 and 5 ...but the small yellow flower is marked as being 2 , 3 and 4. T he butterfly is marked as being stitched in 2 , 3 , 4 and 5 . It quite clearly says on the instruction sheet that there are three shades of each colour in the kit .

                                It is a vintage kit , so I cant contact anyone to ask .

     So I stitched the happy little froggy next instead , before returning to the gold areas .
 I just did the best I could  .
 I,m now doing the caterpillar , which is worked in an altogether even more terrifying stitch  known as Tufted Stitch , in forest green and light gold .
  So here goes .....I,m not going to attempt a tutorial here..these are sort of back stitches which hold down little loops , which are then snipped to give a furry or carpet effect .

                                                               Stress !
                     I did once know how to do this stitch , a very long time ago ! :)