Monday 31 March 2014

Crewel work bug

Yeah ... I think I got the crewel work bug. I actually started 3 more projects in crewel work , and I remember just few months ago I was furious because the girls in RSN told me I have to start my certificate with the crewel work.
The more I do the more I actually enjoy and get so many more ideas so I think I need to actually start to do few drawing books so I will not forget .
This is the stat for my my new big project which will be same size with the one for Certificate .

I actually love the purple as is a very happy colour , totally different than the one for RSN . If I am more happy with this I may actually propose a switch.
I start this in linen twill and I did transfer the design with the “Prick and Pounce” method. The problem I had was I did not have the powder so I made one with fish bone and cinnamon which was OK but did not was so visible or maybe I should not have used outside in wind :(

Then I start few small projects which have the intention of using up  some wool which I bought in RSN in sale.

I did say I would not show you this as they will be part of the Sampler but I can't behave my self as they look much better than I was expected .
Anyway the linen union used is so hard on my fingers was making a hole from pushing the needle . So this make me to reach the conclusion I like more the linen twill .

Happy crafting all

Sunday 30 March 2014


I don't know if anyone remember my Flowercopia idea. I was mention this weird word in a previous post which can be seen here.
I just realised this days this project is actually finished need only to be attached to the canvas setting
Here are some pics of the work before taking it out of the working cloth

 And her is the process of removing the lace from the cloth in preparation of moving to the frame.

I hope to follow soon with the picture of the final lace set on the top of the canvas frame.

Happy crafting all

Sunday 16 March 2014

Gold Work Embroidery Sampler

Do you think I can just read a book ?  Nope ... Need to practise
I find this lovely Jacobean Leaf in the internet which had been worked in gold work so I had resisted the temptation for bout few months for now . Yesterday could not take it any more , I had to start this leaf and by now I probably have about half of the design. Did not follow the actual design only the main lines and I do my own thinks trying to actually practise few of the stitches from the book.
Here is to see my struggle with the Japanese thread , some pearl purl around the edges and a bit of Milliary.
The Kid in this picture had been applied just flat and a bit of Roccoco couched with DMC cotton .
The little french knots had been made with metallic thread .
The colours are actually green . don't know way but in my PC they show to be blue bit no they are green.
 A bit of scrunched kid
 Then felt padded cover with cut work of smooth  purl

This last one is actually two layers of felt padding cover in Kid and with pearl purl around

Already can't wait to finish it.
I think practise will make them perfect or near to be perfect.

Happy crafting all

Thursday 13 March 2014

Hearts and more hearts for a quilt

Yes lots of hearts to finish the embroidery on them for a quilt for my daughter.

I am not so sure about the last one but not to worry as I do have plenty patches to do .
I would love to finish this one this year and in special because I want to actually quilt it with maybe some feather design. All my quilts up to this time was actually quilt on the ditch not quite a proper quilting technique.
I actually have about 7 hearts done and still need 6 more , will see this are just to relax.
Somebody ask me what I am doing in my time free? What time free I say . For me sewing ,beading and crocheting is my life  .
I am breathing when I have a needle of some sort in my hand .

Happy crafting all

Wednesday 12 March 2014


I have to keep going on and practise my stitches. Using different kind of fabrics as base for my projects is make me to have a feel like I never done this stitches .
For example :
Short and long stitch :
          smooth and nice in the leaf done in linen twill
nice and tide in a normal cotton fabric like in the petals of the flower below
and not so easy and smooth on linen union
But as they say practise make it perfect.
So I will keep going for the moment.
Ha ... Just realise I can see the design lines . I swear when you looking at the sewing you can't see anything.
OK on more think to  think about to do an outline to cover this mess.

happy crafting all



Monday 10 March 2014

New Crewel Embroidery project

Just had finish my first crewel embroidery project and already jumped to the next two
I had to order some wool so at first I try to deal with mounting the twill in the working frame and pouncing the design and painting . Did not realise but the paint I had was a bit to light so I will have a little of a struggle to see the design.Lucky I usually don't cry to much if I have to do something with no pattern / design .
This is what I come up with :
It looks a bit shrunk comparative with the design on the paper but I definitely had follow the drawing when I transferred it .
Already can't wait for the wool to come and is about 10 days until I hope they will send plus few more days on the post.
Then I had started something else - a sampler which I hope to send in RSN for the Sampler competition. You see I am a bit fussy if I don't like it at the end I don't dare to send it on .
I will give you just a pica boo as I don't think would be normal to show it
ha ha ... did you get it ? no this is good

I promise I will show you the progress in the second project which I only painted for now.

happy crafting all

Wednesday 5 March 2014

Crewel work a flying stitch

I have to say this lovely technique which is the crewel work start to captivate me even if the wool thread is getting on my nerves most of the time .
I actually have help too ,Tiger ,as you can see . I have to presume he like a lot the Blue range and Red range colours.
Ha ha ... he is like his mammy loving rich bright colours

I made a very good progress in the project and as you can see from the pics below I did need only 10 more minutes last night to finish it but it was to many for my eyes. So tonight will be the big night to finish . And when I am thinking I still have 4 days to work on this project when I go to Hampton I really do not know what to do . I may start another one just for the fun of doing something when I am there.

I am hoping I did a good job and will not need to pick off any stitches when I go to London .

Will keep in touch and let you know how I am getting on with this one.

Happy crafting all and hugs