Friday, June 13, 2014

Scottish Crewel Tapestry !WOW! Do You Want to Learn to Make My Crewelwork Zippered Bag?

First off, I know I have mentioned The Great Tapestry of Scotland before but here I go again. I'm so into my Crewel Embroidery now and then there is this astounding project completed by other Crewel Embroiderers from around the world. Check out their website here. 

Kate Davies, author, knitwear designer, and blogger, got the chance to actually visit The Great Tapestry. She has been posting photos this week of close-ups of the individual panels. It has been so much fun to see these because as a knitter and stitcher, I am drawn to the elements she has photographed and chosen to include on her blog. Thank you Kate. Check it out here

Now for you in the States. Here's what you will be making if you come to the Farm for the Crewel Embroidery Retreat on July 19th.

We will be learning 18 stitches that are not included in my Crewel Embroidery class - link on the sidebar. The stitches will be done in a sampler fashion. You will be provided with linen fabric and crewel wool and although you will not be able to finish the entire sampler, I'll send you off with a good start.
Over the past weekend, I sewed my piece of crewelwork embroidery into this little zippered bag. I used the directions which are available in a free PDF download from Christina Haynes blog. This style bag is super popular at the moment and is very easy to make. (I did not interface that outside layer of the bag (the one with all the crewel stitching) but I did use a product called "Heat'n Bond Lite" to make a double layer lining which adds stiffness and body to the bag.)

The sampler could also be turned into a pillow or a pocket on a canvas bag. We won't be sewing the bag at the class but you will be able to make it when you finish your sampler. I chose a chartreuse zipper.

I'm dying to use it for my needles and stitching supplies but I think I will keep it pristine. So often I use my Crewel Embroidery on pillows for my home so this was a fun departure to use it on a bag I could/will use often.

All info on the retreat here. More info about our area, where to stay and eat HERE.  You can come for the day or make a weekend out of it. This is an extremely beautiful area of New England with many other fun things to see and do. My favorite things are outlined on my website here. We are 2 hours from Boston, 3 1/2 hours from NYC and a little over an hour from Hartford. Any questions, email me at kristinnicholas AT gmail DOT com.


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Thank you for the links to the Great Scottish Tapestry. It truly is great! Exceptional stitching, masterful design. I just love all of the ideas for using various stitches. Wonderful!

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