Month: June 2017

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

This new exhibition at the V&A examines the life and works of the Basque couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga and the influences he still has over current designers today. On display until February 2018, it is well worth a visit if you can make it into London.   […]

How to work a Raised Chain Band

How to work a Raised Chain Band

Raised Chain Band is a lovely stitch that gives a great texture to your embroidery. It is often used for stems in Crewel embroidery. For this example I have worked one band down the centre of the ladder, however you could fill the ladder with […]

How To Work Stem Stitch

How To Work Stem Stitch

Stem stitch is often used for outlining shapes that have previously been filled with another stitch or as a single stand alone line. For this video I am working in Appletons wool on a Linen Twill.

The design I am working is for a Jacobean Crewel work embroidery kit that will be released soon. I have taken traditional motifs but given it a slight twist by using contemporary colours.

 

 

If you are interested in learning more about Crewel embroidery and the history of the technique, click here.

A Brief History of Jacobean Crewel Embroidery

A Brief History of Jacobean Crewel Embroidery

No style of embroidery is ever solely distinctive of one time in history or one century. Through evolution of design, there is always a correlation between styles that results in gradual changes of taste and a combination of influences. Designs are very rarely original, instead […]