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Jacobean Project – Step-by-Step Instructions


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There are only a few needlework magazines that I regularly subscribe to: Inspirations, Piecework, and Sampler & Antique Needlework. Occasionally, though, other needlework magazines will catch my eye when the feature a project that I find particularly appealing. Here’s one such case…

In Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine – the November, 2009 issue – there is apparently a project by Phillipa Turnbull of The Crewel Work Company. I haven’t actually seen the issue yet (maybe some of you have?), but on the Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine website, under their freebies, they have step-by-step photo instructions for a project titled “Jacobean Idyll” by Phillipa Turnbull (that’s a PDF link). According to those instructions, the project is in the November, 2009, issue of the magazine.

Jacobean Idyll by Phillipa Turnbull in Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine

Is it not lovely?! I am tempted to invest in the November, 2009 back issue!

Even if you don’t have that issue of the magazine and you just wanted the instructions for reference for crewel work, it’s worthwhile to check out the PDF of Jacobean Idyll. If nothing else, you can revel in the colors! I think the piece is quite magnificent.

The November, 2009 back issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine is available on their website right now, but I was a little miffed at the cost of shipping one issue, actually – the cost of shipping is about the same price as the magazine!

Another thing that suprised me was that this piece – which is so colorful and really eye-catching – does not seem to be featured on the front cover!

While you’re squizzing around the Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine website, you might also enjoy these crewel stitch instructions (PDF) – black and white drawn diagrams for a variety of crewel stitches.

If I ever bite the bullet and pay the shipping cost for this issue of the magazine, I’ll let you know a bit more about this particular project. It’s so pretty, that I’m mightily tempted! And I do have a nice piece of linen twill that would serve as a perfect ground fabric….. (See, I never have a hard time talking myself into such things!)

Enjoy the resources!


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  1. I have the issue, and the piece is glorious. I, too, saw it first in the pdf, when I made my way to the website through some means or other. I was able to buy the magazine at a bookstore. I think it's worth it to pay the large postage! I actually thought of all your Long and Short Stitch lessons as I read the directions. Phillipa Turnbull is teaching a similar piece at the EGA seminar next year.

  2. I tried to review the links you have posted, but come up with site error. I guess they are no longer featuring it or you have to be a paying subscriber.

    I was interested in this part because I am doing a stitching challenge for one of the groups I am in and Jacobean happens to be part of it… I am totally lost. Yet the other half is to include crewel with it… I am even further in the lost field.

  3. Trying to download the pdf from the link for the Jacobean Idyll PDF, but it will not let me, do you know where I can do this please

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