Jacobean crewel work part 1


This is my piece is for my Royal School of needlework certificate in technical hand embroidery.  I have now completed sufficient to share my progress with you. I’m about half way through the homework. I still have the second trunk & block shading at the bottom. I also have some light lilac trellis to put in as well. 


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  1. First off I think it is great that there is a school for this! Second, I love it. Tried my hand at crewel a long time ago and was not into it, not b/c I didn’t like the technique, but bringing that piece of thick floss through the material was not easy. I just didn’t get it. Anyway, today, I love the look and want to try my hand with embroidery. I love it! It’s beautiful!

    • Thanks. The royal School of needlework has been around for a long time. It’s headquarters is at Hampton Court Place (UK) they run everything from day classes up to degree level courses. Their web site is worth a look just to see the standard of the beautiful work. Good luck with the embroidery.

      • Oh really. hmmm…didn’t know that. I thought it was a dead past time for a while until I came online and see as many people still stitching. I think it’s great. Hobby stores here don’t sell things like they used too. I buy most of my stuff online.

      • Embroidery seems to be having a big revival here. There are often international people doing intensive courses, so far I’ve met some lovely people from around the world, several have been American.

    • I’m not sure at the moment, I certainly cannot imagine teaching kids up to I’m 68! I have thought about running by own business. I will just see how things go. That’s what I did for my degree ( I did that part time) & I ended up teaching physics to lovely girls in a grammar school. I think it will be watch this space.

      • I wondered if you’d thought about embroidery for wardrobe for the movies or theatre. I think Game of Thrones was a bit of a game changer there, some of the costumes for that were absolutely incredible.

      • The RSN’s degree course is embroidery for fashion & textiles. They produced some of the embroidery for game of thrones, I think. Another good thing is the classes are at Hampton court place, on the top floor overlooking the gardens. The journey around the M25 takes 2.5 hours at work time ( to do just over 70 miles), we manage it about every 2-3 weeks, should space out a bit more now they can set me things to do on my own. You have to stitch their way, I’m getting use to it. They also do conservation work too, that looks interesting.

  2. I just love the ombré technique, even if it is just the thread speaking. The stitches are really lovely, and taking such an old art to a modern level with your colors and treatment. Love it!

      • I hope you are still happy with it! Who are your tutors? I’m getting excited as I’m nearing the completion of my canvaswork!

      • On Mondays I’ve seen Shelly, Jen & Heather & on Tuesday Lisa & Lizie. Yes, I’m ok about it, after all they know the work criteria. I not sure I will get ever get my head around a giant purple bunny being ok, & a hare being a bit wired

      • I think you really have to let realism go with Jacobean! I have Heather most weeks, and have heard great things about Shelley. You have had a lot more tutors than me already!

  3. What a beautiful piece! A course at the RSN is on my “maybe someday if I had infinite time and money” list… I’d love to produce work like this. Enjoy finishing the rest of it, I can’t wait to see it when it’s done 😀

      • The website is definitely worth a look. We also booked to look round their exhibition of students work & you see part of the studio ( some work they can show you). I’ve just checked sorry they don’t seem to do classes in Ireland ( that’s a shame, they have a group in Scotland)

      • Oh wow, thanks for looking though! In the meantime, I do have a local Embroiderer’s Guild, which I’m hoping to check out next time I have a Saturday off work. Maybe you have one of these near you as well? I know that there’s at least one in Ireland, and another in Northern Ireland. I’d be really surprised if there weren’t some in mainland Britain too!

      • Yes, there’s a group in the next town, I went a couple of times, they were not that friendly. You just listened to a speaker & ate cake, it was more like WI, but I’m guessing each quilt is different. I have caught up with the embroidery guilds magazine Stitch, that’s quite nice.

      • Oh, that’s a shame! Hopefully the Dublin one will be a bit more dynamic… I mean, I like cake as much as the next girl, but I can get cake anywhere! 😀 I’ll see if I can track down that magazine over here, the bigger newsagents often stock a good selection of British ones. Cheers for the tip!

  4. This is beautiful. I’ve always wanted to do a murder mystery with Crewel embroidery and call it “Crewel Murders.”

  5. Your RSN work and subject is great. I hope you enjoy the rest of the challenge and receive the certificate. I’m looking forward to viewing more here.
    I like crewelwork very much and have 2 books ‘crewel twists’ and ‘crewel intentions’ but so far haven’t had time to do more than a few stitches.

  6. I love your embroidery. I used to do a lot of it years ago when I was a stay at home mom. Nowadays everything seem to be done by machine and I am guilty of that too, but it just is not the same. I learned all sorts of crafts as a child and still have a couple of embroideries that I made then. One of those days I’ll take some pictures and post them to my blog. On thing I still do a lot of is sewing. I make almost all my own clothes, so much nicer than the cheap imported stuff.
    Keep up the good work and I wish you success with your courses.

    • Thanks, I too have been through the machine embroidery phase. I’ve only been back into crafting over the last few years, since starting to work part time.

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