This is a kit I’m working on right now. And this is all I have been able to finish so far. So when I say, “right now,” I mean, “whenever I’m least intimidated.”
It’s all satin and stem stitch with some french knots thrown in. Here are the instructions:
And here’s a detail of my stitching so far:
This is my first time working with crewel wool and I really like how dimensional it is. Unfortunately, the ground fabric feels mealy (kit circa 1977) and has a very loose weave. I’m having a really hard time getting good line definition with the satin stitch. If the wool goes between threads it leaves a huge hole so I need to pass it through the threads of the fabric but that’s not always easy.
I’d like to do backstitching on the lines like Mary Corbet of Needle’ n Thread did in this post but I don’t know if there’ll be enough wool. I can’t find crewel wool locally. Or at least I’m unwilling to drive around on the off chance someone has it. It’s a little frustrating. Here’s how much wool came with the kit:
The wool measures about 2″x7″ and the stamped area is about 13.5″x15″.
Finding this kit on ebay was a dream come true because I’d planned on creating monochromatic folk art embroidery myself. I still think it’ll look beautiful but I obviously need to re-think this project.