According to Winterthur's American Crewelwork: Stitches of the 17th and 18th Centuries, "The work of the average needlewoman of Colonial times shows only three or four stitches in any one piece" (p2). So far I've used five stitches:
- Slip stitch (my favorite)
- New England laid stitch
- Fishbone stitch
- Trellis couching
- Long / short stitch
Originally I had outlined this flower at the center with backstitches. It looked bare so ripped out those stitches and filled it in.
I also tried the long / short stitch, which I think turned out pretty well.
|A peek at the back of the embroidered berries.|
One flower I have avoided was one of the first ones that I ripped. (I didn't like the colors.) As you can faintly see on the petal near the stem, I accidentally cut the fabric. Oops!! (I wish there were fabric band-aids.)
I must admit I'm a little frustrated with this project. I keep second guessing my color and stitch choices...does the palette look too modern in its coordinating scheme? Are the approrpiate stitches used in the appropriate places? I can't find comps online that I can review closely to attempt to answer these questions. While I have seen a few exhibits recently that would help answer my questions, I can't remember the details well enough.
I wish I could stop at Elizabeth Phillips school in Providence, RI where she instructed young ladies in, "all Kinds of Embroidery, and other Needle Work". I'm sure she could help.
|Providence Gazette June 11, 1774|
I guess I shouldn't stress so much. I do have a little one who is always willing to help select colors.
|My little helper, 16 months, wears my embroidery hoop as a necklace.|