“Try it on Tuesday”–New Crewel: The Motif Collection

Each Tuesday I host a review and often a giveaway.  Stop by each Tuesday for your chance to win.

Guest post from Kelli: 

A while back, I was in a sewing lull and was looking for a new hobby to keep my busy.  I liked quilting, but was just getting a bit burned out.  I was looking for something that still let me use my creativity, but was just a bit different.  Mom suggested embroidery.  It was a perfect match!  It didn’t require me to purchase lots of extra supplies and didn’t take up tons more room.  Once I started, I was hooked.  I stitched through a few smaller patterns and then started on a few larger projects.  I have been looking for more advanced projects and ways to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone with new stitches and techniques and this book from Lark Crafts provided the perfect inspiration!

New Crewel
by Katherine Shaughnessy showcases lots of modern stitching, perfect for embellishing clothing or using to decorate your home.  Crewelwork is a form of embroidery that uses wool thread on linen fabric.  The beginning of the book details the history of crewelwork as well as materials needed to complete your first work of art.  One thing that I learned when reading the book is that there  is no knotting in crewel to keep your threads in place on the backside of your project.

The first part of the book is a gallery of how different stitches can be combined to make flowers and other patterns.

The book also shows how crewel designs can be incorporated into clothing.

One of my favorites were the pillows.

I’ve been needing to do some decorating around the house and I think these beautiful pillows might be just the thing!

Now it’s your turn.  Lark Crafts has provided Mom and I with a copy of New Crewel to give away so that you can try your hand at this needlework craft.  To enter, comment below and tell us about a your hobby.

27 thoughts on ““Try it on Tuesday”–New Crewel: The Motif Collection”

  1. quilting is a fairly new hobby to me, embroidery came before and I still love it, in it’s various forms. This book looks fabulous, i love being able to combine different techniques

  2. I quilt, sew, spin and knit mostly though I have been known to dabble in crochet and before the children arrived did a lot of cross stitch and ribbon embroidery.

  3. My new hobby would have to be quilting. I’ve pieced things together but to finish them off my pile is starting to stack high. I have all the right feet for my machine but haven’t taken the leap yet. Cross Stitch/Embroidery were my first loves and I’m starting to get the itch to go back to that pieceful time when you could just sit in front of the tv and stitch. Thanks for the chance it looks like a gorgeous book.

  4. My mom did crewel work for years – she has a fantastic piece hanging up in her family room. I’ve often wondered what I could do with her pattern on quilts or clothes – love the skirt idea. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  5. I guess in my life I have done about every craft known. Embroidery was the first and remains high on my list. It gives me something to do while watching TV in the evenings or when I am just have some down time. Love the updated patterns on the clothing and pillows. Thanks for your generous give away

  6. I too have done embroidery and cross stitch. Just looking at this book makes me want to dig out some embroidery to do. Hope to win this book on crewel.

  7. OMGoodness, I would love to win the book on Crewel embroidery, I have been admiring it for a long time and have been wanting a new hands-on hobby. I doubt if I will be chosen but will try an be optimistic that I will, take care and I love the blog.

  8. I use to do crewel embroidery but somehow it fell by the wayside. I quilt and do counted cross stitch and most recently I started embroidering stamped dish towels and have been learning the stitches again although I cheated and knotted some of my stitches.

  9. Those designs look awesome! My mom used to do crewel work when I was a little girl, but I never did. Looks like maybe I should :) I mostly quilt, have started doing some embroidery and recently took a Sashiko class which I absolutely loved! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  10. I enjoy embroidery work and would love to win my first book on embroidery! Crewel of wool on linen sounds wonderful and the photo examples are beautiful. This week I really stepped outside my comfort zone and made my first stuffed toy – dress up days dollie. Of course, the little flowers on the headband had to have some embroidery.

  11. As a quilter, many of my other handwork hobbies have fallen by the wayside. But I saw a charming blackwork embroidery project and I’ve decided to take that up again.

  12. My long-time hobby has been counted cross stitch (along with quilting), but i’m finding as i get older that the stitches are getting hared to see to count…………. so i have been gradually switching to slightly different projects such as wool applique, etc where the thread is larger and easier to see….. This book looks like it would be a great one to try. thanks for the opportunity on the draw

  13. Connie Leadbetter

    Would love to win this book. I have been researching on the internet in regards to learning the stitch called “twilling”. I saw a complete quilt done with this stitch and it was beautiful. I have recently retired and am now quilting and loving every minute of it!! It’s nice though to learn other new things such as hand embroidery with all the different stitches available.

  14. I quilt, but I love to do bead weaving and wire working too.. I knit when I can..I love to try new crafts–I would still be doing stained glass, but the studio near me closed….I have loved everything I have ever done–yes-that is sometimes a problem..

    I have recently discovered wool work and enjoy the embroidery that goes with it –I bet I would love your book…

  15. I have been crafting most of my life. I started out with cross stitch, embroidery, sewing and knitting and have also done calligraphy and scrapbooking. My latest craft is quilting and I am loving it. It is so much fun to learn something new.

  16. I haven’t done crewel in years, but I did enjoy what I did before, and the new ideas in the book look fresh and inviting. Right now, I sew, quilt, crochet and knit. Was trying my hand at crocheting jewelry just last night.

  17. I go through phases…..counted cross stitch, crocheting, embroidery and now can’t stop quilting…..LOVE IT! awolk at rogers dot com

  18. Well, I actually started my lifelong fiber passion with crewel embroidery too many years ago to count. And that just blossomed to quilting, cross stitching, home dec sewing, personal clothing, weaving,(not all in that order!) and back around to crewel work this last year. It is so calming in the evenings, especially in the N Iowa fall and winter. This new book looks wonderful…Thanks for sharing.

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