Saturday, 10 September 2016
Starting the Oast Houses of Kent Countryside crewel embroidery .
I was so lucky to have the right colours for the oast houses in amongst the vintage crewel wool in my basket . There was no picture , nor instruction leaflet with the transfer . I did find a picture of the front of the original leaflet , so I can use that as a guide , but there is no list of the colours or stitches or the order in which to do it .
So to begin with I went over some of the more important details with a sharp pencil . I think I,ll do this a little bit at a time , because it could smudge .Then I,ll stitch a bit around the outlines of things and just see how it goes really .
Once again , like the other vintage embroidery I did , the stitches in these Briggs leaflets are mostly the basic ones .... back stitch, stem stitch , crewel stitch , long and short shading , detatched chain stitch for the leaves and what else can I see ?.....ah ...French knots ..lots of French knots on the cherry blossom ....and it is all very freely and painterly done , or so it seems to me .
Actually , I am not even sure if this one is a Briggs Embroidery transfer , There is no makers name on the transfer . Maybe someone could let me know ?
The sun has come out , so I,m off to sit out in my garden and stitch a little more .