Republished so you can see pictures!
As those of you following know, I am in love with Katherine Shaughnessy’s New Crewel. I finished this up while visiting my Mom a couple weeks ago. It’s not yet ironed so I’ll just show off my work but the fabric square is a much larger piece with this design offset into the corner. My thought is to make a bunch of the crewel designs from her books as ‘squares’ and incorporate them into a larger project.. a quilt maybe? I’m unsure, but for now, I enjoy the projects so I’ll sew first and figure that part out later.
It’s hard for me to get these looking ‘clean’ but I’m getting better:
For now, my birthday is tomorrow, and my Mom gave me some cash for ‘fun.’ Definitely getting some more crewel supplies. Fun!
My Mom’s birthday was this weekend (today!) and I decided to go fully home made for her gifts. She got a tin of bows and then a date book (my gift to her every year), this year covered in silk-ribbon embroidery.
I used River Silks 4mm Silk Ribbon in various colors (purchased at City Quilter) and lilac 1/2″ Organza ribbon from M&J Trimmings. I found the wider ribbon a little tough to work with but overall I love the look of it. I improvised the design and was really pleased with how it came out. The base of the cover is black acetate – a scrap from a skirt of an old recital dress – backed with medium weight fusible interfacing so I could sew it without it sliding off the sewing machine and also to give it a little heft so it laid well on the book.
Here’s a close up.
Changes for next time: I think perhaps if I were more careful, I could have reduced the amount of puckering. Who knows, maybe not? Also, I think using some beads on a project like this would mix it up a bit.
Still, I’m quite pleased with it and she seemed to really like it. Additionally, my stepfather and sister really liked the bows. May have to make more for Xmas/Chanukah gifts!
This is the design I decided to use for the center square of the new pillow cover I’m making. Since the accompanying fabrics are pretty modern looking, I went with more of a textured design than a ‘picture’ per se. This was my first experience with Saral transfer paper which completely ROCKS. I cannot recommend this enough – so easy. You just draw the design on! Anyway, before…
And after. This design is from the New Crewel. The edging is split stitch and the stars are straight stitch and something she calls spiderweb. Nice right?
Some closeup shots of the stitches. I am completely in love with crewel wool – it just has the best texture.
I think this will go so nicely with the fabrics I picked out. This will be the center square (the Paul Lynde, if you will) of the group, surrounded by these lovelies.
As I said this morning, making these is addictive. Tonight, we have some nice blues…
Some pretty florals…
And something classic for the gents…
Closeups of my favorites:
And on that note, goodnight, all!
Taking a nod from Target, I am starting to put together some Xmas ideas. As I’m between sewing projects at the moment, I decided to try out this tutorial which I’ve had saved for a while in my Evernote. I’m still figuring it out but aren’t these the cutest?
All you need is a glossy magazine, some brads and scissors. Very fun! Close ups:
This is the cover of a Martha Stewart Living a neighbor left for the taking in my lobby. If you try to do these, note the cover is very thick and made for an impressive looking but perhaps bulky bow.
It turns out a Coke ad (top) makes a really great Xmas themed bow! I then experimented (see below) with using thinner strips. Which told me that thicker strips work better. You don’t see the brad as well. The bottom is the thinnest strips but you really see the brad. Lesson learned.
Still, Martha Stewart has some pretty full page color ads. As the poster of the tut said, these are oddly addictive. You are warned. I see more bows in my future, perhaps even tonight!
Totally and utterly addicted.
I made this sampler from The New Crewel by Katherine Shaughnessy, a book I bought last year to entertain myself during the High Holidays (I am a non-Jewish pro singer and we are hidden from the congregants and have a lot of down time during sermons, etc. :)). This year I put it into action.
Using my window as a ‘light box’, I copied the template in #2 pencil onto my fabric, selected a couple crewel wool colors (crewel embroidery uses thin wool as opposed to cotton embroidery thread) and set to work. Many stitches are similar if not the same as traditional embroidery so those went quickly but I also learned a few new ones too.
Action shots – the top is a favorite new one. ”Spider Web” – works so well with the crewel wool.
And a few old standards… I like the french knots. They look more like ‘hair’ in wool than in normal cotton. Fun possibilities there.
Overall, it took a week. Added sewing bonus – it is extremely easy to thread crewel wool into a Chenille needle. The wool has an extra heft which makes it a snap. Love it. I used Shaughnessy’s ‘quick blocking’ method to finish it off. I love love LOVE the designs in this book. They are her own – very ‘mod’ looking. I’m thinking of using her designs for the center of the red pillow I mentioned a couple weeks ago as opposed to an owl or butterfly. I confess I ordered her “Motif Collection” book as my 2013 HiHos thank-you-to-me gift. Great ideas in there too. Seriously fun and I can’t wait to do more.
But for now, I have a special gift in mind that uses silk ribbon. More on that soon….
I actually finished this a week ago but since it was a gift, I held off posting about it. But here you go!
This came out a lot better than I thought it would LOL. I had read that sewing on paper was tricky (once you make a hole you are stuck with it) but I think this turned out well enough. I did the silk ribbon flowers first and then added stems in regular embroidery thread (6 strands) in stem stitch and grass in straight stitch. I attempted to add a leaf before I thought it through – for obvious reasons, you can’t do satin stitch on paper – oops! Hopefully she won’t look too closely at that part!
In any event, it was one of my sister’s birthday gifts. She is the one who taught me embroidery in the first place so I thought she’d get a kick out of it. I hope she did – happy birthday, sis!