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 long and short stitch we think of long and short shading. However, long and short stitch is a great stitch to fill in large areas of a single color.
As I continued to work on the beautiful Marriage Pillowe late this week, I was struck with the texture of the piece. There is a three dimensional quality to it that is quite different from the other crewel work piece I’m stitching right now. Part of this is because I’m using Heathway wool for the other piece and Heathway is a more finely spun wool than Appleton. The other reason is that the stitching for the Marriage Pillowe calls for using two threads for all of the berries, acorns and leaves.
Using two threads creates a three dimensional landscape of stitching. The berries and acorns become hills and the leaves become long mountain ranges. The single thread stem stitch looks like a small, raised road traveling across the linen from hill to mountain.
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 and the methods used were different.
The Marriage Pillowe began with working a stem in stem stitch and a berry in padded satin stitch. To work the berry, the instructions are to use double thread, stitching from the center of the shape to one edge and then go back to the center and work to the opposite edge. No split stitch to outline the shape is called for. I will admit, this caused me to stop, re-read the instructions, have a little debate with myself about if I should do it the way I usually do or follow the instructions. Since I’m doing this as a test stitcher, I felt bound to follow the instructions. Good choice.