Category Archives: Crewel

Plas Teg Bellpull Flowers

There’s another blue flower on the bellpull, and I decided to replace the long-and-short filling with Castelo Branco stitch on this flower too. Then I replaced long-and-short stitch filling for this leaf with split stitch. I like the texture. It … Continue reading

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Continuing work on the crewel bellpull

This bellpull is just gorgeous. It’s really coming along. Here’s a closeup of the area I was discussing in the last post on the bellpull (I’ve added some leaves in fly stitch, and finished one of the cluster flowers): I … Continue reading

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Elegant Oriole: Stitch guide

I made quite a few alterations to the Elegant Oriole kit! I thought folks might be interested in a labeled photo indicating the stitches I used. It’s practically a sampler. I’ve decided I adore Cretan stitch, but I definitely need … Continue reading

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Elegant Oriole Finished

Continuing my progress photos from the last post: Next I added in the branches in Portuguese stem stitch. I love the texture. It makes a bold twisted line, very branchlike. For the second red flower I decided to try out … Continue reading

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Elegant Oriole

I’ve been working on a secret project! I worked up a modified version of the quick 5×7 inch crewel kit Elegant Oriole, from Dimensions (it’s about $9). It’s a graduation present for a friend of mine. I gave it to her … Continue reading

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Debate: Flower cluster colors

I’m traveling, y’all, that’s why my posting is off schedule. I resolved my trunk color debate: I am keeping the gray tones (dark, medium, light), but I switched to a darker gray for the shaded side of the trunk. I … Continue reading

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Book review: Crewel Embroidery

This is a review of the book Crewel Embroidery, edited by F. Anderson. Octopus Books Limited, London, 1974. ISBN 0-7064-0319-3. A tip I picked up from this book, which will entertain my fellow Americans no end: remember the rainbow (red, … Continue reading

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Debate: Trunk Color

OK, folks, I’m looking for some opinionated people. The trunk (according to the kit) should be in 3 shades of gray. I’ve started work on it, but it’s not too late to change! I’ve had one commenter who prefers brown. … Continue reading

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Plas Teg Bellpull Kit!

OK, I gave in to temptation and started it (original post describing the kit). Two strands of floss with crewel stitching covers so much more ground than one strand of silk in satin, so I feel like I’m making progress. … Continue reading

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Yet more crewel

I seem to have plenty of crewel embroidery fans reading my blog, so I will mention two more companies from the other side of the world, in case y’all don’t know about them. Here are three designs from Cindy Cooper … Continue reading

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