Crewel progress


I thought I would give you an update on my embroidery progress. I have to admit to not picking it up for a week or so until last night.  I have been off colour and you do need to be in the right frame of mind to do this work.  But I have found myself wasting more and more time playing games on the iPad in the evening so I decided to re-engage with the sewing. I had spent over a week doing the small colour squares which were quite fiddly and if I am honest I think I could have done them better but I am probably nit picking. Last night I finished the squares and then did the three rows of chain stitch. These need a little bit of embellishment with beads and then I get to repeat the whole colour squared petal on the other side.  There are two other areas of coloured squares in the overall design so hopefully by the time I have got to those my stitching will be more consistent.

Now I have picked it up again I am itching to get on with it the only problem is that I am gardening in the early evening so have to spend forever scrubbing my hands before I pick up the embroidery again!!

Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

10 thoughts on “Crewel progress”

  1. Those little satin stitch squares would be very fiddly to do, and it really isn’t an easy stitch at the best of times. Your chain stitch is so beautifully even that I’m sure you will conquer the satin stitch in due course!

  2. Hi Rachel
    You would think satin stitch would be easy but it is much harder than it appears to get the smoo consistency

    1. Hi Valorie
      Thanks but there are some embroidery blogs out there but you do have to seek them out as they are few and far between – Needle N Thread is very good

  3. I haven’t done any crewel work in years, but your beautiful piece makes me remember how artistic it made me feel working with the colors and stitches. This from a writer and gardener who can’t draw a straight line. Be sure to post your progress.

    1. Hi Stepheny
      Welcome. I can’t draw a straight line either but I quite like the character of a wobbly line! I will indeed post my progress but it takes quite a bit of time to do a tiny bit so don’t hold your breath

  4. Your thorough hand washing reminds me of the first sampler I embroidered when I bought the fabric and the threads at the same time as some smoked mackerel – big mistake as it took many washings to get the fabric smelling clean again! I think I would do try and do the hardest or least enjoyable bits first – like get those squares out of the way!! It is looking good though so I think you are perhaps nitpicking!

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