Detailed photos of crewelwork

Some of you have asked that I post close up photos of the finished crewelwork piece I designed and stitched for the RSN Certificate Course in Jacobean Crewelwork. I’m happy that you want to look closely at my work and hope that what you see is pleasing. I’ve numbered the photos so if you have questions you can refer to the number of the photo in your comment so I can answer it clearly.



















I feel very fortunate to have been able to take this course and share it with all of you. Thank you all for your words of encouragement and your infectious enthusiasm for this great adventure!

Liebe Grusse,



16 thoughts on “Detailed photos of crewelwork

  1. You’ve done some very good work here, Kathy. I’m glad you’ve signed and dated it – that’s worth doing, especially if you plan to do more..

  2. Beautiful work kathy!.I’ve been following your post about RSN course.I’d like to thank you for spending so much of your time to take photographs and detail explanations in your post . I hope they start online course soon.
    Good luck for your next level.May I ask which subject are you planning to take next?.
    Happy stitching.

    • Hi All,
      I’m so pleased everyone has enjoyed reading about this wonderful experience. Writing about it has been a review for me and a great way to reinforce what I learned. The next course I’ll do will be goldwork and I can’t wait!
      Liebe Grusse,

  3. Kathy,
    I’ve really enjoyed this series of posts…especially your photos and comments about long and short. . . which absolutely gives me fits! I’ve taken notes and bookmarked the posts so I can come back the next time I make a serious attempt to master (or at least improve) my long and short shading. Thanks so much for the really clear and useful info. . . plus the beautiful embroidery!

  4. Kathy,

    I’ve read all of your posts on your RSN course avidly, but haven’t commented because I’ve been so darn busy. I want to make somewhat intelligent comments, other than “that’s really lovely” although that works too.

    I like all of the trellis/battlement treatments. I think you’ve done a great job of making them precisely the same distances apart. Even though you mentioned you thought the battlement was too closely spaced, I really like the 3-D effect that your workaround produced.

    I’m not a big fan of the orange/green combo, but that’s just me. The shading has very smooth transitions so obviously your color choices worked quite well. I think your execution of the stitches is pretty good, too! I know I tend to be a bit sloppy and really need to work on getting each and every repeat of the stitch to look the same.

    And finally, your deer is absolutely precious! I’ll definitely use this series of posts if and when I ever get started on a big crewel work project of my own. I will definitely make up a sampler similar to yours first.

  5. Beautiful work! What a priviledge you had and I am so happy you enjoyed. I aspire to be able to stitch so beautifully. I enjoy your newsletter and website. Judie

  6. Your work is lovely, all the embroidery stitches are so well executed, the shading and combination of colors are perfect.
    Thank you so much for sharing, you are so lucky to have had this experience at the RSN and you will treasure it forever.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful embroidery with us and giving us such visibility and i really appreciate the identification of stitches that I did not know.

  8. This post has really highlighted the number and complexity of the stitches you used. It was one thing to see you practising on the sampler (no wonder they get you to do it first!), not another to have them all pointed out, and successfully used in a Jacobean piece.

  9. I really like Cynthia’s comment; it’s just too easy to keep saying things like ‘fantastic’ or ‘wow’.

    I too find the colour scheme not really to my taste, but it is a personal thing and not to be criticised. That you chose to use the little bullions for your deer’s hoofs was a stroke of genius and makes him (or her). I like the stitches you have chosen to use although I don’t know how to do some of them – yet; especially the trellis and battlement stitches. How did you do the Burden stitch? I ask because there is another stitch with that name.

    Thank you for doing this review. The way you have inserted the stitch info on each photograph is very useful, not to mention clever.

    So, all-in-all you have done a splendid job and clearly learned a lot in a wonderful place with fantastic teachers. I can’t wait for the goldwork.

  10. Kathy –
    Just back from vacation in Brittainy and have read through all of your posts with great interest. The explanations you gave throughout of the entire process clearly explained how an RSN course is conducted. It certainly is a major commitment of time and energy.

    I have a question on the technique of the stem stitch. In your photos of the tree stem the texture is very interesting and really “flows” visually. I am wondering if your instructors gave pointers on how to work it (for example – needle angle or inserting the needle in a certain way for each row, such as going back down underneath the stitches in the previous row?)

    A great learning process, for you and for us, your readers!


    • Hi Sharon,
      I hope you had a wonderful time! The answer to your question about stem stitch is that we didn’t do anything special except to make sure the rows of stitches were worked closely to make a sold block of stitching for the trunk. It was a major commitment of energy! They call it an intensive course for a reason: 6 hours of stitching a day plus homework every night made for lots of time with the needle. Next time I do a course, I’d rather do it over a longer period of time. Perhaps go over to England and do tow days and then do the final 6 in one go over two weeks. It also didn’t help me to go away during the middle weekend and not have time to stitch – I really could have used that time to do more work outside of the workroom. All in all though, it was a great experience and very relaxing to be able to stitch all day.
      Liebe Grusse,

  11. Hi Kathy –

    We did have a very interesting trip discovering the coast and interior of Brittainy! Thank you for your response to my question on the stem stitch. And I do appreciate having your thoughts on doing the course over an 8-day period vs. the 2 day/6 day over a 2 week period. If time and budget permit, I would defnitely follow the second option myself. I think that taking more time would allow for better focus on the details of stitching, learning the process, etc., not to mention less stress! So happy you enjoyed your course – it’s quite an achievement.
    Amicalement, Sharon

  12. When working the rows and rows of stem stich on each row do you hold the thread to the same way (the outside ?)

  13. This one is definitely my favorite. I love the reindeer and I love the the one that is labeled nine, that looks like a bell/flower.(what is that called?) The criss cross stitching in the middle is just so beautiful and pretty!

    • Hi Amy,
      It’s a pomegranate believe it or not. I’ve never seen a real one so I have to believe this is what it looks like. It’s my favorite too – it looks so fat and juicy!
      Liebe Grusse,

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