Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Blind Leading the Blind

I decided to teach myself and my daughter how to hand embroider. I know nothing about it but have a great appreciation and respect for the beautiful work that can be created. In particular I love Crewel embroidery. I discovered a piece in a thrift shop and ever since I keep searching for info on the topic. I found this really cool site that has tutorials for the many stitches I will soon master.

So if any masters out there who happen to read this and want to send some tips and tricks my way, please by all means do!

I decided to practice on some felted wool. I tried the backstitch, splitstitch and the French knot which I saw demonstrated on the HGTV program, She's Crafty.

I was told that I shouldn't mix stitches in the same design - ignorance is bliss ;-)

7 comments:

HomeMadeOriginals said...

I am by no means a master embroiderer, but I did blog about an old crewel piece (started by my grandmother and finished by my mother) that you might enjoy seeing: http://homemadeoriginals.blogspot.com/2007/08/crewel-tree-of-life.html

knitsteel said...

You should definitely mix stitches and yarns and textures! It's awesome.

HobbyZu said...

Who told you not to mix stitches?! That's what all the cool people do! ;-) I only do cross stitch, but may try embroidery one day. Maybe I'll see how you do first. ;-)

Nora said...

I love to embroider and have a few funky pieces in my etsy shop. I am still learning too. I have a really hard time learning stiches from a book, I have to have someone show me! Keep at it though it is a lot of fun..

Cathy said...

i used to do cross stitch... what you have done so far looks great - best of luck with it! it takes so much time but is very rewarding.

marsha said...

I've never tried embroidery...too scared to venture into that part of the world, but I do appreciate all the effort that goes into the beautiful pieces! Yours definitely looks like a treasure in the making! :)

LittleBitsofJoy said...

Yeah i think it looks great with mixed stiches and fabrics. Makes it more unique

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