SPINNING AND DYEING YOUR OWN WOOL FOR CREWEL EMBROIDERY WORK with Nancy Van Tassel
|crewel embroidery off the web|
I will also bring in some pieces that I have done with my own handspun crewel wool and I can give a demonstration on how to do the actual embroidery if there is interest in that.
Topics can also include:
1. The history and importance of crewel embroidery in England and America
(huge history there--boy, was I surprised!!!)
2. Sources and techniques for making your own crewel designs on linen
3. Best sources for linen and the best type of linen
4. Hoops and stretchers and how to use them
5. Books on stitches and finishing techniques
6. How to decorate with your own crewel work and making useful items
7. The tools necessary for making crewel embroidery.
In addition to our spinning guild, I am in a stitchery guild. I love to embroider and making crewel wool and needlepoint wool lets me combine my two loves.
I am still learning. My latest piece is a bench cover and I was working it with a regular crewel needle--they are quite big--only to discover that my fine-spun crewel wool fit beautifully on a regular embroidery needle. It helped to make a more finely stitched design when I used the small needle. We learn by doing."
Don't forget about Show & Tell: If you did not have your Dreamy Goat fiber spun up, bring it for showing if you had a chance to work on it over the holidays. Also, remember, we're looking for great projects known as "One Skein Wonders" to give us inspiration for our Dreamy Goat fiber. Bring some if you have any. See last month's newsletter for the "non" rules for making up the fiber and finished project.
Monday Spinning and Why We Always Have a Tea Break
My new calendar for 2013 is "The Collectable Teapot & Tea". In it is the following, which beautifully explains why we take a break for tea on Monday's.
Tea and spinning and good company, a great combination.
SHETLAND WOOL WEEK
|A flock of shetland sheep|
Begun in 2010 by the Jamieson & Smith Shetland Wool Brokers as part of their commitment to the Campaign for Wool, Prince Charles's five-year marketing initiative to boost flagging prices for wool worldwide, there are already plans to make it a continuing calendar event beyond the five year commitment.
The event offers lectures and workshops as well as open studios of craftsmen and exhibitions of historic and contemporary designers. There is also a Makers Market, and, the week coincides with the annual Shetland flock sales and fleece judging. What a great field trip for Treadles! www.shetlandwoolweek.com