Spring 2024: Google ended its email subscription service in 2021. I believe I've found a replacement, but haven't had time to test it. I have been stitching a little bit here and there and have some posts ready for when the email subscription is active again. Fingers crossed, I'll have time to rouse this blog out of its dormancy sometime this year.

25 August 2017

Unchallenged Crewel

I have had an intense few weeks working on the SFSNAD Summer of Love challenge piece and am a little burned out embroidery-wise.

I haven't been stitching much recently, but I did complete a couple more motifs on the Elsa Williams Crewel Sampler. It's a fairly relaxing--and definitely not challenging--project to embroider.

Crewel Sampler (by Elsa Williams): Purple flowers and butterfly

I had been considering changing/adding to the design a bit, but I think I've decided to stitch it as originally designed. Well, mostly...

The fabric is not much bigger than the design so mounting it in a hoop, even a very small hoop, is a little tricky because there isn't enough fabric to effectively pull the piece taut. I may switch over to a squared-off hoop. This project would probably be a good candidate for an Evertite frame, but I don't have one which is fine. I'll manage!

Crewel Sampler (by Elsa Williams): Working on a pink flower

I'm working some of the embroidery in hand. I only need tension for stitches like satin, long and short, etc. I can work line stitches (e.g., crewel outline, stem) and buttonhole without tension.

The sampler currently looks like this:

Crewel Sampler (by Elsa Williams): Top row of elements complete

I'm looking forward to the larger motifs in the middle row.

I need to get back to the challenge piece. It's taking up all the space on my work table and I have bags of DMC floss all over the place!

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