Friday, August 12, 2011

Crewel Friday

Here are some of my line stitches and my first two fillings.  I'm not thrilled with the one on the right. The one on the left is actually a Japanese pattern--tie-die effect.  Now that I've shown I can do the laid ground, I think I'm going to do the rest of the fillings without the stitched ground. It'll go a lot faster.
And I began the second pocket. I made notes on what I want where and then used some of the plain and wrapped line stitches for the stems. 

I'm also still reading. I'm trying to be more focused and transcribing some notes and quotes into a Word file to use to write up something. The more I read, the more amazed I am that at a time of all of this very fine and delicate silk and metal thread embroidery, these huge wool designs were stitched. I wonder if some stitchers made both, like I would...the fine work when I have time, energy and good light and the large, useful (mostly bedhangings remain) wool designs when I need a change of pace.

Today is Camp Quality. I'm off with the kids and our nautical flag project.

3 comments:

Rachel said...

I think they would have to work at different scales - sometimes the light isn't good enough to work on fine detail!

underatopazsky said...

I really love the Japanese tie dye type pattern. Where did you find that?

Moonsilk Stitches said...

The tie-dye pattern is a traditional Japanese embroidery pattern. I was reading ahead and I will learn this in Phase 2, so I thought I'd give it a try. I have it in several of my JE books, but I don't know where else it might appear.