Marriage Pillowe

Delightful

Delightful

Of all the things I do during the day, embroidery gives me the most pleasure. I call it my “delightful time”. Delightful: giving great delight; very pleasing, beautiful, charming, etc.:  agreeable,  pleasant,  enjoyable, gratifying, pleasurable, pretty, satisfying, welcome Working on the Marriage Pillowe has been completely delightful. The design is very pleasing, the stitching pleasurable, the […]


Drawing to a close

Drawing to a close

It was time for some gentle crewel work this week. I love doing crewelwork and this particular piece is so charming. I’ve been getting Issac’s clothing stitched so he now has his coat on. The coat is worked in three shades of green, all stitched using long and short stitch. Usually when we think of […]


Marriage Pillowe – Dressing Harmony

Marriage Pillowe - Dressing Harmony

Since I saw this embroidered casket at Sudeley Castle last year, I’ve been interested in stitching people and clothing. I’m now at the point on the Marriage Pillowe from the Crewelwork Company that I’m dressing Harmony and Issac : Harmony first, of course! The stitch used to create the dress on Harmony is crewel stem […]


Introducing Issac and Harmony

Introducing Issac and Harmony

Today I would like to introduce you to the happily married couple on the Marriage Pillowe; Issac and Harmony. Issac is on the left, Harmony on the right. Issac had a run in with a wall, hence his squashed nose. Harmony has a thick head of hair and eyes that are a really lovely shade […]


Marriage Pillowe – last phase

Marriage Pillowe - last phase

Tomorrow, I’ll start the final phase of the Marriage Pillowe. Finishing it before Christmas would be a miracle (well, pretty amazing, anyway!) but I think I’ll get it done before the end of January. There isn’t loads left to do but beginning Friday we have Christmas guests until after New Year’s day so I’ll have […]


Just look at these colors!

Just look at these colors!

The entire left side of the Marriage Pillowe is now finished. The colors that Phillipa Turnbull has chosen for the bottom flower are simply stunning. The center is blue trellis laid work with dark red stitches where the lines cross and down the center is a medium green stem. It’s a beautiful combination of rich […]


Knots and shading

Knots and shading

I’m a real fan of French knots, especially when they’re clustered together on the top of an acorn or over a little hillock as they are here. I like the little, individual shiny knots and the squiggly patterns they make when they’re all squished together. What I like most about these French knots are the colors! […]


Lovely, delicious red

Lovely, delicious red

These shades of red are so beautiful that every stitch has been a pleasure. They’re pale without being dull and dark without being muddy. They are quickly becoming my favorite color in the Marriage Pillowe. They’re Appleton Wool “Bright Terra Cotta” Range No. 220.The Marriage Pillowe uses # 224, 225, 226 and 227.


French knots as filling

French knots as filling

I love French knots. I love doing them and I love touching them and I love how they can look so different depending on how they’re placed in a shape. In the Marriage Pillowe I’m stitching, Phillipa Turnbull has used French knots to fill three shapes in different ways. The first is this little acorn. […]


Marriage Pillowe: One third finished!

Marriage Pillowe: One third finished!

It’s fall holidays for those of us in Berlin. Traditionally, German schools have a two week holiday in the fall and the Berlin schools have this week and next week. Our school year is 195 days spread out pretty evenly over the year. We only have 5 1/2 weeks in the summer (6 weeks for […]


Beautiful colors

Beautiful colors

The colors in the Marriage Pillowe are so beautiful. I’ve finished almost 1/3 of the whole design and as I work, the combination of colors becomes more and more stunning. After I finished the laid work and the long and short shading of the first large flower, it was time to move on to the […]


Long and Short Shading – two tricks that helped me

Long and Short Shading - two tricks that helped me

When I was first  teaching myself long and short shading, everything I did looked artificial and chunky. None of that lovely, soft gradual shading that I saw on other people’s work. Mine was a block of color next to another block of color. I took the “long and short” literally, making only two lengths of […]


Marriage Pillowe: Laid work

Marriage Pillowe: Laid work

Laid work is a beautiful way to fill a shape – or part of a shape. There are so many different variations of laid and couched work that I imagine it would take a life time to study them all. Phillipa Turnbull has made historic crewelwork her life’s study and she is a master when […]


Padded satin stitch two ways

Padded satin stitch two ways

Crewel work is all I’m doing right now and I’m loving it. The weather is getting cooler so the texture of the yarn is perfect and, since both designs are so gorgeous, it’s a pleasure to make every stitch. Coincidentally this weekend, both projects were at a point where I was doing padded satin stitch […]