Friday, 4 September 2009

Crewel Thoughts

Got home from work early today to find my crewel wool in the post - is it sad when you get excited by embroidery wool? OK, don't answer that, hehe!!

The fabric in the background is the linen union fabric I mentioned previously. My 'crewel' embroidery book uses 'linen twill' but I'd read that it was difficult to obtain and that 'linen union' was next best. Who am I to argue - I have no idea! The colours of the wool are fab though and I understand that William Morris was a great pioneer of this craft, although it goes back hundreds of years to the time of the Bayeux Tapestry. I hope you're suitably impressed by all this knowledge, hehe!!

Anyhow, when I get some 'spare-time', I'll have a go with this. Crewel wool is 100% English wool, two-ply. I bought mine here and the linen union fabric here. When I've finished my Hebridean Tapestry, I'll tell you! Och, that's just given me another idea - should probably start with some simple designs from this book first though!

Off to get ready for THE PARTY - back later, if I survive the whole event :)

P.S. Re-read my book intro - cruel embroidery came of age in 17th Century England - that'll teach me to be mouthy!

6 comments:

Jennifer Rose said...

have great party. :) try not to eat all of sponge bob :p

those blues are gorgeous, looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

Tweed Delights said...

He didn't get Sponge Bob after all! :) Got something just as good though :D

june at noon said...

Color me jealous (in a good way)! That looks like so much fun, and what great colors! I can't wait to see what you do with it.

Chrissie said...

All the colours really are gorgeous - can't pick a fave - looking forward to seeing how you use them!

theothermousie said...

No you're not sad - I love looking at my beautiful embroidery silks or even my collection of beautiful socks - that I haven't dared to make anything out of yet - now that is sad!!

Hope you're well xxx

Anonymous said...

Hey twill linen is available, and is the best to work crewel on. I find it is a lot easier than union cloth.
It made in Scotland and I sell it in my shop in Adelaide,Australia.
Kaye