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Crewel Embroidery: The Flower is Coming Out


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If you’ve been following along with this crewel embroidery project I’ve been working on lately, you know that one of the first things I stitched in was the blue flower. Well, it’s coming out. I have picked it out. And here’s the proof:

This flower was stitched in a medium-blue Appleton wool, but I was having a hard time deciding how to finish it. I just couldn’t settle on a decent palette of colors. So…

Crewel Embroidery

Funny thing is, that’s as far as I got on picking the stitches out. For two days, the rooster has perched in a corner, neglected! Tsk tsk. And hence this short post: I’m down with a wretched Flu-Like Something. I’ll probably take tomorrow off – unless I zing back to life at some point today!

If I don’t see you tomorrow, have a jolly Sunday, and hopefully, we’ll meet up on Monday!

Enjoy the weekend!


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  1. Mary, If I missed the info. please forgive me:
    How large is the rooster AND what size frame do you have it in?
    I am in the process of purchasing what I need to do this project and want to make sure that my evertite frme is the right size.

    Sorry your feeling under the weather. Hoping you'll bounce back very quickly.

    Hugs, Marlon

  2. Thanks for your get-well wishes, all! Yes, it is nasty, and ugh. I feel as if I've been hit by a truck.

    Marion –

    The rooster itself is only about 6" square – I don't remember off the top of my head. In any case, I cut my fabric 12" square, and have it mounted on a 10" square Evertite frame. There's plenty of space around the bird for framing, etc.


  3. G'day there Mary,

    So sorry you're not well. Please take care.

    Watching the flower now with great interest.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

    Cheers, Kath

  4. Feel better! I've got a few hints telling me that, if I don't take it easy, I'm going to be hit by a similar truck (and may well get hit anyway no matter how easy I take it). That is to say, you have my fearful sympathy.

  5. Take good care of yourself, I've had it as well and it's miserable. Can you get Mom to make some chicken soup? 🙂

  6. Mary, I received the Trish Burr CD. Thank you very much. Hope you are well soon. Remember…. Rest, Fluids,Chicken soup( preferable homemade), and Pampering. I look forward to your return.
    Karole King

  7. Take your time getting better! Just a quick question, do you think the rooster is sturdy enough to …uhm.. being sat on? I have a stool that is in desperate need of something nice. The fabric is a very thick cottonlike, well, cotton! Hope you can help,
    Gwen from Holland.

  8. Well, thanks for the get-well wishes, everyone. They are almost working… getting there, anyway….

    Meri – I hope you're better soon, too!

    Corvus, try to avoid the truck. It's not a very pleasant one!

    Gwen – crewel work has often been used for seat cushions, etc. The wool is pretty sturdy… but I don't know how long a piece would hold up. I'd think that if the whole thing were embroidered (the whole cushion, without much white space), you'd have better luck with it holding up longer. But to get right down to it, I don't see why it wouldn't work. It's a small design, though – around 6" square, at the most. It might get lost on a regular sized seat cushion….

    Thanks again, everyone. I suppose I'll have to finagle some chicken soup out of someone!


  9. G'day Mary,

    Hope the chicken soup is forth coming but please don't boil up 'our' rooster. We need him!
    Quick recovery.

    Cheers, Kath

  10. Dear "Mar" Do you have any tips for cleaning up the "telltale" color or bits of yarn after ripping out something that you're not happy with. Your taking out the flower prompts me to ask. I've removed some black wool from a 14 point/count? piece I'm working on, and am stuck with the "memory" of where the black was. Sure would appreciate any ideas. Thanks again. Trust you're "all better" now. Don't forget you're my perennial mentor. Stay well and thanks for the little greeting card. Makes you feel more like "someone out there" and not just a website……Ja cie kocham…Judy in Pittsburgh

  11. Hi, Judy! Glad you liked the card 🙂

    There are different little handy tools out there that help with residue removal. One's called the "Boo-boo stick," for example. But you know what I do? I take a piece of cloth – like a clean kitchen towel, either the flour sack variety or something with a low nap terry cloth finish, and I put my finger behind the towel, and just rub over the fabric lightly with a circular motion, front and back of the fabric. It cleans it right up. Don't over-rub, as you could "pill" the fabric, but with this twill (and probably with any linen) I haven't any problem with that. It just cleans right up!

    Hope that helps!


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