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Wool Embroidery Threads – Article Index

 

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Before we explore wool threads any further – comparing different types and discussing their make-up, pros and cons, and so forth – I want to do a little house cleaning so that these articles are easier for you and other visitors to find on Needle ‘n Thread.

To that end, here’s an article index of everything I’ve written on wool embroidery threads in this series. As I work through more comparisons, I will add the articles to this list.

The article index will be listed under “Tips & Techniques” in the main menu on Needle ‘n Thread.

Did you know that, if you’ve received today’s article in your email inbox, you can simply click on the title of the article to visit it on the website? You can! Additionally, you can click the header of any email article to go directly to Needle ‘n Thread to explore more embroidery topics.

If you are reading this article on Needle ‘n Thread and you don’t want to miss future articles on this topic and other embroidery related topics, you can subscribe to Needle ‘n Thread here, and each article will land in your email inbox. It’s an easy way to get your embroidery fix!

Wool Thread for Hand Embroidery Article Index
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Wool on Spools: Array Wool & Hooks & Fillings

 

Continuing in our explorations of wool embroidery threads, today we’ll talk about Array Wool, which is a wool thread (crewel weight) that’s produced here in the US. The wool comes from sheep raised in the western part of the US, and it is processed and dyed in North Carolina.

This thread came to my attention through Zollie, a company that produces basic embroidery kits and counted cross stitch kits using Array Wool.

Array Wool thread for handcrafts
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Three Roses in Gold and Silk

 

Three roses in silk and gold have been growing in the studio during the first four months of 2024.

Aside from design work and pointers and tips and probably too much advice and direction, though, I haven’t been involved in them.

I left the embroidery to Anna.

It’s not that I didn’t want to embroider them – or at least one or part of them. It’s just that I never had the opportunity. It was a tumultuous start to the year on many levels, the business side of things was over-engrossing, and then I had to take time off. Next thing I knew, Anna had finished all three roses.

Gold and Silk Embroidered Roses
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Golden Forge Embroidery Scissors: the DOVO Substitute!

 

Several years ago, Dovo, the scissor manufacturer in Solingen, Germany (and makers of my favorite embroidery scissors) went out of business. For many of us, that was bad news. Although there are many decent scissors available these days, Dovo’s embroidery scissors were always consistent, superior quality scissors with sharp, fine, pointed blades, super-smooth mechanical movement, and the perfect weight in the hand.

And although Dovo scissors were somewhat expensive compared to some embroidery scissors, they actually fell in the “moderate” price range for very good scissors – until they went out of business, at which time everyone who had remaining Dovo stock increased their prices significantly.

Needless to say, I treasure my Dovo scissors. I’m almost hesitant to use them – but not quite hesitant enough, because, after all, they’re meant to be used!

In recent years, I’ve been on a bit of a quest to find scissors that ticked all the Dovo boxes – sharp, fine blades; a nice weight in the hand; smooth mechanical movement.

Golden Forge embroidery scissors
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More Wools for Crewel Embroidery

 

Intermittently over the last few months, we’ve been looking at a variety of wool threads to use for embroidery.

Over the years, I’ve explored some wool projects here on Needle ‘n Thread. I wrote extensively about my Crewel Rooster project here. And I explored the Mellerstain Firescreen project for a bit here, where I wrote about my love-hate relationship with wool; and here, where I asserted my case for rabbits. (I haven’t finished the firescreen project, but it is on my List.)

I’ve embroidered with wool on wool felted mittens, like these mittens and these mittens. And I’ve explored some small wool projects, like this small crewel pomegranate here, and other similar small projects.

But I’ve never really dug into all kinds of wool threads in great detail, so that’s what I’ve been doing lately here on the blog.

Wool Threads for Hand Embroidery
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Old English Embroidery: Its Technique & Symbolism

 

Time for a little mid-week delve into the history of embroidery by way of a fabulous little book available on Internet Archive for download.

The book is called Old English Embroidery: Its Technique & Symbolism, by Frances and Hugh Marshall. If you’ve not come across this book before, and if you have an interest in the history of embroidery – and especially late medieval through 17th century embroidery – then I think you’ll enjoy exploring this little gem.

Old English Embroidery: Its Technique & Symbolism
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The Art of Bead Embroidery 2 – Review

 

Hurray!! A beautiful new book on Japanese-style bead embroidery by Margaret Lee is finally out – The Art of Bead Embroidery 2. I’ve been looking forward to this book, because there’s a project in it that I want to make!

If you’ve been waiting for the book as well, you can find The Art of Bead Embroidery 2 available here in my shop, in stock and ready to ship.

Let’s look at the book up close, and I’ll tell you what you can expect from it.

The Art of Bead Embroidery 2 - Book Review
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