Crewel is cozy

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 :)

The pattern comes from the book Embroidery Masterworks by Virginia Churchill Bath. I found it used in a great book shop in Eureka California and reviewed it here.

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…

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6 thoughts on “Crewel is cozy

  1. What a lovely project…I love gorgeous Renaissance Dyeing wool. Have fun. You know Crewel is my favourite:-)

    We are all still very much snow bound here in the UK and of course the whole country grinds to a halt. Pathetic as people in Canada, Alaska and such other snowy places seem to function perfectly well. Our goverment really needs to get their ‘finger out’ and address this situation instead of papering over it year after year!
    Take care,

  2. OH I like your pattern. You may not have tons of wool but your choice of colors is always great. I watched what you do carefully and use similar combination of colors for my project.
    I really appreciate your comments and tutorial, without people like you, us beginners would be lost.
    France from Québec. Canada

  3. Love the new design and the colours you have selected.

    I live about 20 miles from Burford :-)

    We haven’t had much of the snow that is affecting Britain at the moment but tempertures are barely rising above zero during the day. Brrrrr!

  4. What a lovely project and it was also lovely to see the Jane Rainbow project to. Stitched so beautifully.

    I have some R D Wool, but I have not tried it yet. It is thinner than the Appletons wool.

    What I would like to know about the Crewel wools is:

    a) Do they fade ?
    b) Are they colour fast ?

    Have you done any more on the Victoian Peony?

    I am finishing off my bellpull before I go onto the V-P kit from the workshop.

    How lovely to have embroidery to think of during this cold wintery weather.

    I really look forward to seeing how your work and hearing all about it – Thank You.

  5. I always enjoy your messages and yes “wool” is great this time of year. Your pattern is beautiful and can’t wait to see you get started. It is very cold here in Omaha, NE but I remember how cold it can get in Germany, the dampness goes right through you.

  6. You are right that the dampness makes a difference – humid heat is harder to bear than dry heat, as well.

    I’m looking forward to seeing your peacock develop. You’ve chosen some gorgeous colours and the Renaissance wools are lovely!

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