Monday, 13 June 2016
Weekend Progress Elsa Williams Crewel Kit
I dont know about where you are , but we are having a very long spell of hot weather here and only a sprinkling of rain which really didn't count . It has become too hot to do anymore gardening , my arms are tired from carrying a heavy watering can back and forth from the outside tap , up to the veg garden .
This weekend I have been putting my feet up with a good book and also doing a bit more of my vintage Elsa Williams crewel kit .
I,m reading Hovel in the Hills by Elizabeth West .
It was the picture of the cottage on the front cover that caught my eye , it looks remarkably like ours ! Only ours is in Cornwall ...theirs is in Wales .
I,ve only read the first two pages , but I can tell you it is already drawing me in .
Anyway sitting in the summer house , being serenaded by our male blackbird up in the cherry tree , I have been making some progress on my little Elsa Williams crewel kit .
I work from the most boring bits first , all the green leaves and stems, then as I begin to tire of it , so I reward myself by doing a lovely bit , such as the cream flower, then the even more lovely blue flowers.
The wool is not as thick as tapestry wool , but thicker than my usual Appletons crewel wool and the elements of the design are quite small , for the amount of long and short shading with such thick wool . Shame the design was not printed onto the linen , just a little bit bigger .
I,m managing to do it , but it might be a bit fiddly for a beginner .
I am getting some good practice on all the different embroidery stitches ..such as long and short shading , french knots , buttonhole stitch , chain stitch and stem stitch .
Stem stitch ..only I have always thought this to be crewel stitch with the thread over the needle ..stem stitch I thought to be with the tread under the needle .
So I ,ve found a couple of little confusing puzzles on the instruction leaflet .
For example , it says there should be guide lines for working buttonhole stitch , but there was no guide line printed on the linen .
So I lightly drew a guide line in a soft leaded pencil .
...... and all seems to be going well .
I,m packing it all away now , into my handbag , with my needle threaded up all ready to go with this gorgeous Bittersweet colour crewel wool ..... it will help calm my nerves in the dentist's waiting room .
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