Crewel embroidery course
Last week saw the launch of my first five-day embroidery courses new-style. Students can either bring their own design, make one up using my extensive library of embroidery books or simply pick a ready-made design from one of those books. Equally, they can choose to work a small design in an embroidery hoop or opt for a more professional approach and use a slate frame. I've also moved away from the very formal approach of my training at the Royal School of Needlework. Good as it was, it has proven not to be suitable for copying one to one for mainland Europe. So, what did we do?
Ellen from the Netherlands decided to create a design out of pictures she had found on the internet. It works really well to copy bits of designs you like, re-group them and amalgamate them into a new design. And then the fun part comes: choosing colours. Although traditional crewel embroidery involves a woollen thread on linen, you can equally use embroidery floss, perle and the like.
Elizabeth from Augsburg had brought with her a magnificent wall paper she wanted to recreate in stitch. An exotic jungle view with nice vivid colours. As both projects were quite big, and will last them well beyond the five days we had, they both opted to work on a slate frame. For larger projects that are not table cloths or the like, this will always be my preferred option to work with. OK, it takes some time to set up, but it will keep your fabric drum tight for a long time and give you a lovely overall stitching experience. Soon you will find a new breed of slate frames in my webshop. I'll keep you posted on that.
The ladies had so much fun experimenting with different stitches and colour combinations. Pomegranates with silver plated spangles and deep red beads added extra interest. As did a magnificently colourful bird with its many feathers.
And these were the results after five days of hard work, yet relaxed stitching. I think they did marvellously, don't you think? We all agreed that we could have added another week. If you would like to join me for a week of stitching, you will find all the details here. The next course is a goldwork course and runs from the 28st of March until the 1st of April. Hurry as there are only two spaces left!
Yes, I think so too, Wendy. No household duties to take care of, just stitching. Ah, the bliss.
I think so too, Dima!
How wonderful! I agree - 5 days of stitching really does sound like bliss! Your students did a wonderful job - absolutely beautiful! I love their colours and it looks like a wonderful array of stitches. I'm new to the world of the slate frame but agree with you - it invaluable for larger, longer term projects! I can't believe I didn't convert earlier!
Thank you, Catherine. I love my slate frame and do all my 'grown-up' embroidery on them. However, I do love my Appenzell Maschinenstock too. A large round embroidery hoop on a stander with a ball joint. Very nice for smaller projects and can handle embroidery that needs to shift due to its size.
Oooh, LOVE the greens!
Yes, Liz, nothing beats Heatway merino wool!
Ich habe bei Jessica 5 wunderbar entspannte Sticktage verbracht. Sie ist eine Lehrerin, die mit ihrem großen Wissen und tollen Ideen unterstützt und ermutigt und zudem immer gute Laune verbreitet. Auch der Wunsch, ein Tapetenmuster in Übergröße zu sticken, lässt sie nur 1 - 2 x tief durchatmen, und dann sagt sie: Jaaa, das geht.
Danke dass wir hier so einen schönen Einblick in eure wundervolle Arbeit nehmen können - und dass ich ab und an auch die Originale bewundern darf!
Dank je wel Ellen. Ik vond het ook heel erg leuk. Goed om te zien dat jullie zo lekker aan de slag zijn gegaan en uit de verschillende mogelijkheden jullie eigen ding zijn gaan doen. Ben heel benieuwd naar het eindresultaat!
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