You might have noticed that the book list on the right side of the page has changed. I was doing some behind the scenes work on the blog last weekend and noticed that I hadn’t written anything about books lately. As I draw closer to the end of the Acorn project, I’m starting to reminisce about the first crewel projects I did about three years ago. The information in these books laid the foundation for what I’m stitching today.
It had been a long time since I’d done embroidery and the first thing I wanted to do was recreate a piece called Avalon in the book Beginners Guide to Crewel Embroidery by Jane Rainbow. Inside this book are quite a number of projects for learning how to do crewel work but not any instructions on how to recreate this particular piece. Undaunted (and oblivious of what I was attempting) I traced the design from the color photo, bought some fabric and cotton or silk and cotton threads and started in stitching. I couldn’t find crewel wool here in Berlin so I used what I could find. The idea of ordering thread from a shop on the internet just didn’t occur to me and anyway, I wouldn’t have had any idea of where to look in the first place!
Sometimes I used the same stitch (I now know) that was used in the original and other times I used a different one. How did I know which stitch to use?