Monday, August 29, 2011

Crewel Embroidery

Yet another kit done! My introduction to Crewel Embroidery. I have this in a little slideshow with 5 pictures of the completed Janlynn Hummingbirds crewel embroidery kit. (You can click on the picture which opens another window and then click on "full screen" in the upper left to view it close-up). What do I think about crewelwork? Well, this was an introduction. The kit was okay but nothing to write home about. The pattern was not stamped straight on the material so the straight border lines weren't always on the stamped pattern causing the markings to show. The material was not correct for crewelwork, I noticed that right off the bat. The instructions were alright I guess but I still referred to my own stitch books for explanations. The actual stitching was okay...I don't like stitching with yarn so crewel might not be something that I will do alot of in the future. But I would certainly like to try it again. The next time though I will select the material! And yes, it will be linen twill. So...what do you think of the stitching? I don't have anything to compare it to so your comments will be most appreciated!

I'm on to giving Schwalm a try...I already like the technique!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Brazilian Embroidery

Here it is! My first attempt at Brazilian Embroidery!

I left it in the hoop to take the pictures. And no, I haven't washed it, as you can see by the little blue pattern lines. I sort of have a problem with the thought of washing it even though it says you can. So I thought I'd better get some pictures before, just in case it gets ruined!

So what do I think about this technique? Well, I don't think it will become my "favorite", that's for sure. It's interesting and it goes pretty fast. I learned alot with this little kit. But.....the thread. It's so slippery and unravels so easily. It's not the easiest stuff to work with and I sort of like concentrating on the stitching, not the thread.

I have to say that I was very psyched about the fact that all the stitches used in this kit I had already done while doing Sharon B's TAST. It was really cool actually using what I learned!

I'm on to the crewel kit. In the stumpwork kit instructions, it said that you used crewel so I figured I'd better do that one first! Yes...I'm having lots and lots of fun!!