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 it comes to laid and couched work.
Last October I was fortunate to be able to take a class with her at Burford Needlework. (She’s offering one again this year! Check it out here.) The project for the class was the crewel work piece you see above. It’s called the Victorian Peony and in it she’s included seven different patterns of laid and couched work. She’s included a few new ones in the Marriage Pillowe and that’s where the serious stitching begins in that kit. Continue reading