About a week ago I got an email from a reader asking me where to buy Renaissance Crewel Wool. She kindly included her zip code in the email so I would know in which area of the USA she lived. I sent off the list of suppliers from the Renaissance Dyeing website and wished her happy stitching.
It’s been a while since I wrote a post on thread – that’s because I’m saving for the wool for the screen project. Ordering new thread to try isn’t part of the plan right now. But my plan means that I haven’t been giving my readers information on thread sources for a while and some of you have missed that. So, here are some great sources both in the USA and in Europe. I know I have quite a few readers from Australia and would love to have your recommendations of thread sources to add to this list.
My head is going to explode! I am full-to-overflowing with new information, skills and techniques! It was an Excellent Day!
The pillow that Phillipa is holding is the project that we worked on throughout the day. Look at how beautiful it is! All of the projects that The Crewel Work Company produce include their exclusive Scottish grown, specially woven linen twill printed with the design and stitch directions, two of their own made to order crewel needles, all the beautiful Appleton wool you will need and the most comprehensive, detailed instructions I have ever seen. These are NOT simple little kits…they are home study courses in crewel work.
I am so excited! For years I’ve wanted to take a course on embroidery from someone who was an expert. Someone who will challenge me and move me ahead in my work. On October 12 in Burford, England at the Burford Needlecraft shop I am finally going to do just that!
The one day course will be taught by Phillipa Turnbull. She is well renowned for her historical research, creating crewel work kits based on that research and her fascinating lectures on unusual and rarely seen stitches. Her work includes a commission to recreate a lost bed cover for the Queen Mother when the original was discovered missing from Glamis Castle in 1950. She spent over 600 hours on research, design and stitching and the bedspread was presented to the Queen Mother on her 100th birthday.