Monday, October 5, 2020

Some Crewel progress

 I have made a bit of progress on my (still to be names...) Morris inspired crewel piece. 

In fact looking back at the last post I shared with you, I have made more progress than I thought. First I stitched the mirrored set of daisies and those 'knotty' fruit (I think, I will decide they are persimmons) to complete all the elements across the middle of the design.

I am itching the embroidery the large artichoke shape at the top, but decided to finish the lower half of the design first. Next up was the lower leaves and flower buds.

I stitched the leaves in chain stitch, grading the rows through the grey shades. I am still surprised how 'colour full' grey can be. I wanted these leaves not to be too heavy looking, so rather than filling them with solid stitching, I added some simple veins and little detached chain leaves. 
I was being good this time, stitching both leaves before moving on to the next.

I find that when embroidering mirror image designs, I always get a better result when I stitch both sides roughly at the same time... if I (as I would like) move on to something else and then come back to it days or weeks later - I am less likely to get the pair looking the same. 
Even so, the veins on my two leaves are slightly denser on one leaf than the other.. I will wait and see if I re-stitch it or not.
I haven't yet finished the lower pair of flower buds. I has hoped to finish them over the weekend, but you know what it is like... 
The centre stamen is satin stitch and I will be putting more stitching over the top. The petals are embroidered in burden stitch. I know many stitchers don't like this stitch much and, I guess, it does take a little bit of practice. I rather like the texture and shading you can create with this stitch.

The stitch starts with straight foundation stitch across the shape you want to cover..

Then you place straight stitches across one foundation stitch, keeping them closely against the foundation stitches on either side and spacing them slightly apart. 

When you do the next and following rows, the stitches slot into the gaps of the previous. 
Burden stitch forms a brick-like texture that I rather like. You can vary the look and texture of the stitch, depending on the spacing of the foundation stitches and how closely you pack the stitches over the top. 
I like leaving it a little bit open so that the foundation stitches underneath shows through...

To finish off the petals, I have neatened the edges with stem stitch. Next up is finishing the centre stamen... hopefully tomorrow.

I really, really hope to have more show next week along with some exciting news - something that has been taking up a lot of my (stitching) time the past few months.

Until then, take care of your self and your loved ones.
Stay safe & Keep stitching,

Anna X


  1. This work has a elegant style and is so beautiful already, Anna, to me it looks like a pair of wings, who fly away of the linen, up in the air. It's beautiful artwork!
    Stay safe, take care, dear Anna.
    Hugs, Ilona

  2. What a lovely piece, Anna! Thank you for sharing your technique for the leaves and why you chose that technique. This was very helpful.

  3. Hi Anna! This piece is looking Gorgeous! I learn so much from your posts... little things like thinking about the symmetry of one's stitches on mirrored designs like this and the need to do them at the same time to get them to look the same! And which side to sew next depending on where your hands will be contacting the previously sewn parts.... only a pro knows to think about these things! Thank you for sharing your wisdom! (It has influenced my stitching!)
    And yes, grey in all it's nuances is one of my favorite colors... so versatile, so calming, so varied in effect, so overlooked in general! This is becoming a very beautiful piece! I look forward to seeing more!