Before I go on to the rest of the post: OMG SHARON B AT PINTANGLE LINKED ME!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!
ANYWAY, the photos below are of my Mini Bellpull Kit #46 from Custom House of Needle Arts, the original range.
I’m almost done with it – the hill at the bottom needs finishing and there’s a few minor details on the rest (the purple-red flower at the top needs a repair – golly, I suppose there’s a reason people put their embroidery scissors in a case instead of just throwing them in the bag with everything else).
This was a lot of fun to stitch! It costs $24.50 including the wool. The kit is my first foray into crewel, but the directions were totally clear. Besides, if you don’t understand stitch directions in a kit the internet will tell you. Or you can ignore the directions – I do that a lot. This time I mostly followed them, though.
Just so y’all know, Custom House of Needle Arts doesn’t take orders except from retailers, but their shop distributors are listed here and you can order the full range online from Thistle Needleworks. Thus, I’m linking all the pictures (except the closeups) to Thistle Needleworks where you can actually order things.
Custom House has a wide variety of crewel kits in different styles and of different subjects. Here’s some of their birds (by designer Blanche Virgien):
Some of their kits are also available as purses, neckties, eyeglasses, bookends, etc: