New Crewel: The Motif Collection: More Exquisite Designs in Modern Embroideryby Katherine Shaughnessy
Katherine Shaughnessy, author of The New Crewel, continues her original, modern approach to needlework--and takes crewel embroidery to a higher level. For this stunning collection of motifs, all in circular patterns, she has whipped up a fresh menu of creative ideas, including 30 new designs, five new stitches, and ten inspirational projects. Just as with Katherine's first compilation, this includes photographs and color diagrams of each motif, along with how-to illustrations, plus a feature not offered previously: a CD of the motifs for easy download.
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- 8.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Meet the Author
Katherine Shaughnessy is the author of The New Crewel and the founder of Wool & Hoop. She is on a mission to restore crewel embroidery to its traditional place as an essential needle art for all ages. Her crewel kits are available at woolandhoop.com and at more than 50 stores throughout the US, UK, and Canada.
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I was aware (from my grandma) that crewel work is a type of embroidery, but I learned from New Crewel that the definition of crewel is the use of wool thread to create any embroidery stitch on linen fabric. Apparently, it originated in 17th Century England with the Jacobean look (which is currently quite popular). Then it had a huge resurgence in the 60′s when it seemed everyone was making crewel owls, cute big headed children and the like. One thing I immediately noticed in New Crewel is that some of the patterns reminded me a lot of the designs I loved to make with my spirograph toy when I was a child. So, I wasn’t surprised to see the author mention that she based them on exactly that. New Crewel uses traditional tools and materials, but takes a modern spin by creating motifs that are based on nature and organic art forms. There are patterns in the back, but I’ve been mostly using the enclosed CD that has all the patterns on it in jpeg format, because it makes it really easy for me to resize and print the patterns. In addition to the modern crewel designs, there are also several projects in the back of the book that give ideas as to how to use them in items like clothes, baskets, pillows and more. My favorite way is to display them in an embroidery hoop that I hang on the wall. So far, I have had fun making a dahlia, twinkling stars and also a simple marigold design. I’m really glad that there has been a renewed interest in crewel, I really enjoy using these techniques New Crewel and it also brings back wonderful memories of my grandmother!