Thursday, August 21, 2014

Time out

Knowing full well that I should keep concentrate on getting ready and quite certain that I will regret it later, I have been taking a little bit of time out between, packing, writing, printing, kitting and more packing...


I drew this design up a few weeks ago and have simply been itching to get it started. Yes, it is another crewel piece - this time a little larger than the previous few I have done.


The lower little leaf is done...


The first petals in splashes of red, coral and raspberry pink - yum


The main trunk is finished too. I tried a new way of filling it - overlapping and interlocking fan-shapes in different shades of green. I think it kind of works but I left the stitches quite open and am now contemplating if I should redo it with the stitches close together to the ground doesn't show through.

Happy Stitching
Anna x

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  1. I love your new piece Anna. Sometimes we just have to take time out for ourselves during the rush to getting ready to go places and allow ourselves a bit of creative 'space' in the busyness of life. I like the 'fan-shapes' including the little glimpses of the fabric, it would be a pity to take it out; but you know best what you are happy with.

    Take care and enjoy!

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    1. The trunk is growing on me so it will probably stay. It always surprises me how the overall look of a design changes with every new area stitched. We'll see...

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  2. I really like the design you've drawn for this new piece. I look forward to seeing how you fill it. I hope you eventually offer this as at least a pattern. Best wishes on your upcoming travels and teaching. I'm sure your students will be blessed.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words about my design and well wishes for my trip. It is getting very close now...

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  3. love this piece Anna. I am just beginning a new crewel piece (Not one of yours sadly) and it's soooo complicated. But I realise looking at yours that I can do blanket stitch, feather stitch, stem and so on instead of the super hard bits that will kill me without instruction. It was a brilliant 'Aha' moment. Thank you so much. Also love the stem you have done. Looks amazing. Have a wonderful trip - it will be filled with inspiration. Will you be blogging whilst away?

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    1. You have got me curious - what is the piece you are working on? What I love so much about crewel embroidery is that really anything goes and you can use whatever stitches you love the most. Happy stitching. I will try an blog a bit while I am away and will be putting pics on facebook also.

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  4. I really look forward to seeing this finished :-)
    xx

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  5. Where do you get the inspiration for your designs? I am learning crewel work and am getting to a stage where I want to try my own designs

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    1. Oh, that is a tricky one. My inspiration comes from many places but probably mainly from books, fabric prints and patterns. I have bucket loads of images stashed away. I find Pinterest a great place to find ideas. Once my mind start rolling and the pencil begins to wander across the paper, it often kind of take on a life of its own. I am sorry it might sound a little 'airy-fairy' but that is pretty much it.
      Best of luck with your stitching adventures - the little sheep are looking really cute. Anna

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