Monday, March 23, 2009
embroidery sample - first look
my new tools... wool and cotton thread, round seed beads (which i have been doing bead embroidery with), and a large, colorful stash of 4x4 ultrasuede squares for backing my beaded embroidery pendants. yummy.
i wanted to share a few shots of what i have been working on today. although i bought a book on traditional embroidery techniques (the embroiderer's handbook) and one on crewel work (the new crewel), it didn't take me long to figure out i was pretty much interested only in crewel or crewel type embroidery.
i did find it a little frightening and bit disconcerting to discover that several of my ideas were very similar to the ones in the new crewel by katherine shaughnessy. oh well. there's another gal on etsy stacking vintage sequins too. of course, she's probaly actually SELLING hers, but let's not go there today, ok!
i guess i can't have everything. but i think my work stands on it's own and anyone who sees it - if i ever master the techniques - will be able to tell it's my work. i really can't wait to transfer some of my beading patterns to this new medium.
i am still not 100% sure exactly what crewel refers to - is it the wool, the style, or the stitch? if anyone knows, please feel free to explain it to me. the lady who tried to help me at the needlepoint shop near where i work just confused the beejaysus out of me. and she was a little condescending. reason # 15 why i don't play well with others.
i found her reaction to me utterly fascinating, and yet somewhat annoying as i attempted to explain to her that i was not interested in following patterns or learning every stitch in the book - that i had my own designs which i was interested in making.
she was a very "by - the - book" type who, you could tell had studied all types of needlepoint thoroughly and was very knowledgeable, but.... she just didn't "get" someone like me walking in off the street with a head full of ideas and just wanting to make sure i had loads of thread and fabric to play with until i figured out a way to do what i wanted.
she kept trying to explain to me the difference between crewel work and "regular" embroidery. i was there for 20 minutes and i still don't understand the difference. perhaps i just don't care.
i want to fill circles and squares with thread. whatever that's called - that's what i want to do.
so here are a few shots of the sampler which i worked on for a few hours today:
satin stitch in wool over split stitch. the lady at the needlepoint shop told me this was one of the hardest stitches to master, but i found it very easy and
fulfilling. all pun intended. this is the reason i wanted to start embroidering and then found crewel work - all because i wanted to make this circle! har! go figure.
i don't think it's too bad for a first try.
french knot ( black wool). sooooooo much fun to make. i didn't think it would be, but it was. i can't wait to fill an entire space with these in different colors!
bad stem stitch (black)- wool - before i figured out exactly how to place the needle.
better stem stitch (orange) but in cotton floss. still needs work. i think that is the hardest stitch i tried today. reminded me of mending pants. not as much fun as i thought it would be, but great for swirls and curves.
the whole kit and kaboodle. it's only about 3" round. so i was working small. i had a lot of difficulty near the edges, so i guess i will experiment with either moving the hoop or working bigger. since i an not that interested in working bigger, it'll probably be moving the hoop.