Friday, May 17, 2013

Crewel projects

I'm working on a ring bearer pillow for a friend's wedding.  She wanted a strawberry motif.
After numerous sketches and tracings I came up with this.
I thought that if perhaps I scanned my recent pieces, the colors would come out more accurate. I was correct. Scanning worked perfectly (when I tried to photograph this fabric when I bought it, it came out looking almost white).
Here's the start of the ring bearer pillow embroidery.  So far I'm pleased with it. I'm making notes of the colors I'm using on the final design tracing.  To get the design onto the cotton fabric, first I traced it using Charcopy "carbon" paper.  It worked well but the chalk-like lines brushed off quickly, so I traced over them with a very fine Pigma pen in a brown. Now the design is there to stay. I'll have to be careful to cover all of the design lines. 

I'm using Appleton crewel wool and working in a hoop.
I've begun playing around with design ideas for finishing. I have enough fabric in case I want to make self-piping---but I'm thinking white might really set it off.  It'll be a while, but it's fun to plan.
And here's a scan of the blue crewel piece showing the accurate colors.  It's set aside for now while I work on the ring bearer pillow.


Karen Christensen said...

This is going to be something for them to treasure forever!

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Oh, what a beautiful design! Like Karen said, this is going to be a beautiful heirloom for sure :) I like that you're working it in colour instead of whitework, and I can't wait to see your strawberries "grow" as they're stitched ;)

Anonymous said...

You are such a talented designer! This is going to be beautiful. Love your blue crewel piece as well. Your work is exquisite!

Anonymous said...

The colours of both pieces are wonderful.I think contrating piping would really set off that ring pillow. What a treasure!