I’ve gotten comments from a couple of readers about how cold it is where they live. It hasn’t been cold here in Berlin, but it’s coming…burrrr! Snow is predicted and much colder temperatures by the end of the week – 10 C/14 F. Having grown up in Iowa, my head tells me 14 F isn’t that cold, but living here in Berlin – where winter is a damp if not all-out-wet season – 14 F is very cold.
Which brings me to wool – delicious, warm, cozy wool. Yep, I love wool : to wear, to nap under and to stitch with, especially in the winter. Here’s some beautiful Renaissance Dyeing wool that I’m going to use for my next crewel work project: a project that will keep me warm during this cold season.
Just about a year ago I began stitching again after a long hiatus. After making Christmas gifts and a few other trial pieces, the first really big project I did was a fanciful bird and flower design by Jane Rainbow. I didn’t have much crewel wool and couldn’t find it here in Berlin, so I used what threads I had. For this project, I’m using what I have again but this time I have wool 🙂
It’s part of a design for a Georgian (1720 – 1740) bed cover. It’s quite Persian in style and the colors I’ve chosen reflect the colors in the carpets we have in our home. I’ve always loved the combination of blues and rusty reds.
This is also the first time I’ll be using some gorgeous linen twill I bought last year when I was in Burford, England. It’s been waiting in the drawer for just the right project. Thread, pattern and fabric all decided and ready to go. Now…I must überleg the stitches I’ll be using…