Crewel….small roses and leaves

The small roses on this project by Nicola Jarvis were done with a split stitch and some of those pesky little french knots…Wool for me tends to blend into itself…I am sure the tension each one of us uses has different effects on a finished design…I think at times I can be a little loose so things blend together…I would have liked to be able to see the split stitch a little better… The stem stitch was also used here at well as the satin stitch for the leaves… One thing that can be very either very relaxing or tedious depending on your mood (or mine in this case) is the seeding stitch in the background of this area….it was done with a metallic thread and the only problem I find using this thread is the shredding that can occur as the thread passes through the fabric…so I tend to find a little larger needle.. to help with the thread so it will keep from shredding as much…I have also used “Sewers Aid” through the years to coat metallic threads so they sew easier whether it be by machine or by hand. Just a drop on a small sponge and pass your thread on it and it will help with the shredding also…Naturally you want to make sure you are careful in keeping the sewers aid from dripping on your fabric …a little goes a long way… do remember that the shorter cut length of thread is important too… I always tell everyone you do need to find what works “for you” as we are all different in how we approach what we do…  Enjoy…. 

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