Thread Suppliers – Here and There

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.

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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 same time.

Outlining the tail feathers of the Phoenix with stem stitch was perfect to work on while I caught up on the news from home.

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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 of the blue “feathers” were in place could I see it and then – suddenly – there is was!

It’s the same phoenix that’s on the porcelain from China that stands on the table in our living room.

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