I’ve been thinking about embroidery quite a bit lately – my Mum’s been talking about it, the pocket books I want to make one day require it, a present I plan to make for a certain someone involves it – so I thought I’d have a look at the different forms to help me decide what exactly I’d like to try out.
Two particular forms instantly stood out for me – goldwork and crewel embroidery, so I thought I’d share some pretties that make me want to get involved!
Crewel work is traditionally made with wool thread, giving it a thicker, three-dimensional effect, which is what really appeals to me about the technique. It can also be worked with silk or cotton. Either way, it just seems incredibly tactile.
Oh, and did I mention that it’s ancient – it’s the technique used in the Bayeux Tapestry – and it was quite the thing in certain parts of my favourite century. Check out this from the Kyoto Costume Institute:
I’ve got costume schwing! (Sorry have seen Wayne’s World far too many times!)
Oh, and you might think me crewel (ba-boom!) for posting a picture of a lovely petticoat that’s locked away in an institute, but how about this one: it’s circa 1790, it was embroidered by nuns and it’s for sale (ahem, for nearly $7,000, but hey):
Check out the web site for close-up images. That is an order – the details are amazing.
And this – who wouldn’t love this?!
This website has a great guide to crewel work with plenty of links and ideas and luckily my local library just happens to have this book:
So, at some point fairly soon, I think I might feel the need to get a little embroidery hoop and make some pockets – that way, if my embroidery skills turn out to be all kinds of suck, the results will be hidden yet still useable!
Oh yes, I did mention goldwork, didn’t I? Well, that’s a tale for a whole other post, my dears …
(I’m at work and it’s my lunch break, but I’m pretty excited as there are two packages for me: one is parsley seeds from my Nene’s plants and the other is fabriiiiiic! Huzzah!)