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Good News from The Crewelwork Company

Good News from The Crewelwork Company

Sometimes on the weekends I like to peruse the web sites of both designers and online shops. I think of it as window shopping! Today I discovered a couple of really interesting tools I didn’t know existed – double eyed needles for example! – and new things happening on The Crewelwork Company’s web site. The […]


Schwalm whitework: First filling pattern

Schwalm whitework: First filling pattern

Although I’ve been absent for a while, I have been stitching in the few snatched moments between the things life throws at you once in a while! The chain stitch is completely finished around every part of the design and I’ve started on the filling work. Embroidering meters of chain stitch was very peaceful and […]


RSN Canvaswork: Mounting

RSN Canvaswork: Mounting

I spent all afternoon on Saturday mounting my RSN Canvaswork piece. Although it was hard work, I will say it went far better than it has on previous course pieces. Kelley Aldrige, my tutor in Bristol with whom I took the last 4 days of the course, kindly allowed me to make a short video […]


Crewel x 2 : Sunny Yellow!

Crewel x 2 : Sunny Yellow!

There’s nothing nicer than stitching with bright yellow thread on a warm sunny day! The spring weather in Germany has been variable to stay the least – as it has been in many parts of the world. Our skies can go from bright blue to dark grey in minutes, followed by rain and hail and […]


RSN Canvaswork: New Umbrella!

RSN Canvaswork: New Umbrella!

Thank you to those of you who suggested – ever so gently – that the paper umbrella on the RSN Canvaswork piece wasn’t quite right. After looking at the piece again I saw the same thing you did – it didn’t fit. I took it to a friend who is very creative and an artist – although not […]


Crewel X 2 = More First Stitches

Crewel X 2 = More First Stitches

Blue, blue, blue, blue! Two shades of blue! I love blue! And I especially love blue feet, stripey blue legs and blue beaks! The first stitches on the Blue Bird project are the legs, feet and beak. All these areas are satin stitch done over an outline done in split stitch. When I first started to […]


Crewel x 2 = First stitches!

Crewel x 2 = First stitches!

This is fun, fun, fun! I’ve gotten a good start on both crewel kits and they are looking rather nice. Both pieces used blue threads for the first stitches and I just love blue. Today I’ll write about the Levin’s Hall Pillowe and next time about the Blue Bird. The Levin’s Hall Pillowe begins with […]


Dual Crewel!

Dual Crewel!

After working so hard on my RSN canvaswork project, I’ve decided to give myself a treat and do crewelwork next. Not just one crewelwork piece, but two!!! Both are kits and both are created by friends: Phillipa Turnbull and Nicola Jarvis. As you know, if you’ve read my blog before, I’ve done designs by both […]


Creating a better Umbrella

Creating a better Umbrella

Like some of you, when I looked at the finished canvaswork piece, I thought the umbrella looked a bit out of place. The idea of using rice paper was good, but the effect wasn’t quite what I was going for. I knew I’d missed the mark when one reader said she liked the “hat” on the […]


RSN Canvaswork: Bristol Day 4 – done!

RSN Canvaswork: Bristol Day 4 - done!

Well, you’ve waited long enough to see the final result of all the learning, the putting in and taking out of stitches, starting over once, the frustrations and the joyful successes of my RSN Canvaswork piece. Here is the brief for the course: “OBJECTIVE – To design and work a canvas sampler using a wide […]


Sightseeing in England: Mary Rose and Dyrham House

Sightseeing in England: Mary Rose and Dyrham House

Just as I did in during the course, today we’ll take a break from stitching and do a little sightseeing in England. Even the most passionate embroiderers need to look up from their frame every once in a while! First, let me show you the Bed and Breakfast in which we stayed in Bristol. It’s […]


RSN Bristol Day 3

RSN Bristol Day 3

The third day of class was a day spent stitching the lady in the snow, the umbrella she is carrying and and little scroll by the door of the temple. Each of these small details needed special techniques to make them really add life to the image. I use methods and products I hadn’t used […]


RSN Canvaswork Bristol Day 2

RSN Canvaswork Bristol Day 2

At the end of my second day of class in Bristol with Kelley Aldridge I could see that I might get the piece finished before having to fly back to Berlin. Although I took out what felt like 1 in every 7 stitches for a few minutes (I was tired and my eyes weren’t focusing […]


Lovestitch Bristol

Lovestitch Bristol

On my first day at Lovestitch, Kelley Aldridge’s studio in Bristol, I left the hotel feeling nervous. Not because I was nervous about meeting Kelley, or her students, or Kelley seeing my work. Nope; none of those things bothered me. I was nervous about driving for 20 minutes through Bristol during the school run rush […]


Whightwick Manor

Whightwick Manor

Before we went to Bristol we spent a few days in the Midlands staying with dear friends and sightseeing. On the Saturday we visited Whightwick Manor. (pronounced “whit-ick”…I know! but it’s how the English say it!)  Whightwick Manor is owned by the National Trust  and happens to be their ‘newest’ property. From their web site ” In 1937 Geoffrey […]


Post Card from England

Post Card from England

Having a wonderful time! Stitching like a crazy and hope to be finished today. Very limited internet so more later! Liebe Grüße , Kathy


RSN Canvaswork: Mixing threads to shade the eaves

RSN Canvaswork: Mixing threads to shade the eaves

When I chose the  image of this red temple in the snow, one of the qualities of the print that I loved the most was all the red in the image. Having lived in Taiwan, I could easily imagine this red temple and, having lived in Iowa, I know what snow looks like. What I didn’t imagine […]


RSN Canvaswork: Closer and closer!

RSN Canvaswork: Closer and closer!

There has been so much stitching going on that I haven’t written as I’ve gone along so this will be a bit jumbled. We leave soon for England and the piece needs to be at a point where I can finish the stitching in three days and leave one day for mounting. The problem is, […]


iStitches – what a great idea!

iStitches - what a great idea!

Before I begin, let me explain clearly to all who read this that I love books, real paper paged books. I have a huge library of embroidery books and I treasure each one. I am also a proponent of technology and think that to ignore what it can do for us is a mistake. Mankind […]


RSN Canvaswork: Test stitches

RSN Canvaswork: Test stitches

When it came time to work out which stitches to use for the temple, I stuck with my (now!) tried and true method of testing the stitches on my small piece of test canvas.  Firstly, I looked closely at the texture and pattern of the temple building on the original image. I could see 4 […]


RSN Canvaswork: Roof and shading

RSN Canvaswork: Roof and shading

Today I’m going to talk about the roof areas of the temple. Before I do that, however, I’m going to explain my working order. Quite a few of you left comments explaining your working order and why. I read them all ( I just haven’t had time to reply but I am reading and learning […]


RSN Canvaswork: Tree threads and shading

RSN Canvaswork: Tree threads and shading

After taking out the white raised spot stitches on the tree trunk, I decided to do test stitches to make sure the color blending I had in mind would work. I’m learning… The first thing I tried was putting together one strand of Caron Impressions 0057 (white) with one strand each of Renaissance wool 1904 […]


RSN Canvaswork: Beautiful, dark blue sky

RSN Canvaswork: Beautiful, dark blue sky

Firstly, thank you to everyone who sent an email or left a comment to help me with the stitching of the roof!  Your advice was helpful, enlightening and just like having a wonderful group of teachers here with me.  I will write more about what I have done and will do on the roof in […]


RSN Canvaswork: roof begun!

RSN Canvaswork: roof begun!

The first time I stitched the roof of the temple on this piece, the stitches stood up higher than the snow on the branches of the trees. The roof should be behind the branches, not in front of them and that’s one of the reasons I began over again.  This time around I decided to […]