Phoenix

Phoenix finished!

Phoenix finished!

The finished piece makes me so happy that I feel like doing a little pirouette around my studio. I began working on it in early December and it took hours – I estimate at least 50 hours – to finished it. My favorite parts are the feathers on the wings. The shading is just lovely! […]


Large Hill – pattern vs block of color

Large Hill - pattern vs block of color

When I’d finished the small hillock and sat back to look at the piece, I decided it looked a bit unbalanced to me. The phoenix at the top seems heavier than the hillock and flowers at the bottom. So I added a larger hill to the design. In older pieces of crewel work – especially […]


Phoenix: Texture and pattern

Phoenix: Texture and pattern

This crewel piece is such fun to stitch! Everything I’ve tried – even if it hasn’t worked they way I hoped – has been just a joy to work. I really think that crewel work is becoming my favorite kind of embroidery…until I work on something different! I love the rich colors of the Renaissance […]


Third time’s the charm

Third time's the charm

It took three tries to get the first flower on the Phoenix crewel work project right. Just like the saying, the third time was the charm. To balance the color of the head plumes, I wanted the flower closest to the head to be dark blue. I stitched the edge with buttonhole stitch and then […]


Feathered Hat

Feathered Hat

My phoenix has taken on the style of a woman at Ascot – what a headpiece! Look at those plumes! They curl, they dance, they sway in the breeze but gosh they would be heavy!


Phoenix feathers

Phoenix feathers

Christmas break, as usual, was busy with visiting family and many of the traditional activities associated with Christmas in Germany. I love it – the lights, the food, the music, the coziness. But what I always like best about school holidays at any time of the year, is that I don’t have to get in […]


Tail feathers

Tail feathers

Stitching while visiting with family is such a nice way to pass the time. There is always so much news to catch up on but my fingers just itch to be holding a needle. Fortunately. my stand is portable and, if the work doesn’t require too much concentration, I can listen and stitch at the […]


Phoenix Wings

Phoenix Wings

Before I began the crewel work bird – which I am calling a phoenix – I spent some time doing what every 3rd grader loves to do – coloring. Using the pattern and my colored pencils, I experimented with different combinations and placement of color. Coloring gives me a chance to play with color without […]


Phoenix in blue

Phoenix in blue

I began the crewel project of the bird design by trying a new technique. In an attempt to make the stitching look like feathers on the crane, I used fly stitches worked very closely, one on top of the other. As I stitched, the bird metamorphosed into a phoenix. It was magical! Not until all […]