Using his military training, my hubs helped me create a hierarchy of projects to improve my kit that have been looming on my horizon but I have not given justice to. One such project involves embroidering a pocket. Sew...
I dusted off my Newport pocket kit (from Golden Scissors and purchased through Wm Booth Draper) and got to work.
|The plan my husband helped me create. And my fuzzy |
index card organizing the threads.
I have been procrastinating on this for almost two years, primarily because I wasn't sure where or how to start. And because crewel embroidery is a new technique for me.
Unlike the embroidery kits I've worked with in the past, this kit does not dictate which stitches and threads to use where. All this option for creativity left my wondering how to start.
After reviewing the book Eighteenth Century Embroidery Techniques, I mapped out a plan. I numbered my threads by creating a fuzzy index card (pictured above) and, using the illustration provide in the kit, I penciled in which colors to use at which spots. I then studied the stitching techniques in my book, and those included with the instructions, and guesstimated which stitches I want to attempt at which spots and noted that on the illustration.
|My plan for this project.|
Now I'm happily along my way, wondering why did I wait so long to start this project?? I love embroidery. Love it.
I'm not taking about machine embroidery, like a company's logo on a polo shirt. I'm referring to fine fabrics embroidered by hand with beautiful thread. It takes patience and time to create, but watching the product slowly come to life is rather exciting.
My crewel embroidery stitches are far from perfect. I'm learning through trial and error by studying pictures of a few extant examples and trying to honestly judge if my stitches resemble the real thing. So far nothing looks as good as the museum stuff, but the process is sew much fun.
(If embroidery also makes you giddy, check out Valombreuse linens.)