Workshop WIPs

I’ve been to three embroidery workshops so far this year, which is great, but then you have to finish the piece you started, and that takes time…

Back in June I went on a workshop with Anne Brooke to make Harold the Hare, I’d seen the original Harold at an Embroiderers Guild meeting and he is gorgeous, this is a smaller, more manageable piece of work, all hand embroidered on a pre-printed fabric. It was a great workshop, she started us off in all the main areas so we could carry on at home. This is what he looked like after the workshop…

Harold the Hare

The kit just uses four shades of DMC thread to create Harold, after working on him for quite a while at Embroiderers Guild meetings he looked like this…

Harold the Hare

He was starting to look a bit fierce! I also felt the ears were getting a bit ‘blocky’, he was generally looking a bit flat. I decided to introduce more shades of brown, I just raided my DMC box and added whatever I fancied. It’s looking so much better! I haven’t gone back to his ears yet, and I want to soften the line round his nose, I just haven’t worked out if I need to blend it in or out or both!

Harold the Hare

I’m planning to make his eyes amber, maybe with two shades, otherwise I just need to keep going with filling in – it’s quite a big area to cover!

Harold the Hare

Last month I went back over to Fabbadashery in Halifax for another workshop with Deborah Mullins. I did a workshop with her earlier in the year on Palestinian Embroidery, that one was on Tahriri Embroidery, beautiful strips of couchwork. I finished that piece eventually and turned it into a bookmark, Deborah was delighted to see the finished embroidery.

Tahriri embroidery

This time she was teaching a piece inspired by Bethlehem embroidery. Bethlehem embroidery is considered the highest quality of the area, original pieces are prized. Rather than working on fabric as would be traditional, this piece is on felt,which adds a different dimension and it’s lovely to stitch.

Deborah makes the felt shapes by hand, our first difficult decision was which colour to choose! I went for teal and tan. We then were given a pack of coordinating threads and wires.

We learnt the chevron stitch first which encloses the centre colour. I used a variegated teal thread alternating with three shades of tan. It took most of the morning! Next we shaped a spiral from copper wire and couched it down, couching variegated thread alongside it to highlight it.

Bethlehem embroidery workshop

We had a choice of borders and I went for a spiralled wire one, they’re quite fiddly to make and even more fiddly to make the same size! I’m about a third of the way round the border.

Bethlehem embroidery

Once the spirals are done there’s lots more filling in and I can titivate it as I please. So, another WIP (work in progress!) to add to my on-going projects!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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11 Responses to Workshop WIPs

  1. claire93 says:

    you’re so adventurous Learning new embroidery techniques!

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  2. Wow that hare is some challenge you have taken on and it’s looking good so far.

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  3. LIsa at Greenbow says:

    I love the look of the felt piece. Your embroidery is nice too.

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    I like what you’ve done to make Harold more friendly. These different types of embroidery are really interesting, thanks for sharing them.

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  5. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Yes, agreeing with Claire, Stitching Grannie, Lisa,
    and Kathy about your collection! Query—Are you using wool felt? Most of what I see over here are pre-cut synthetic rectangles that don’t look near as fluffy & squidgy. Thanks for keeping us posted on all your embroideries!

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  6. tialys says:

    I’ve no advice as my talents don’t lie in this direction so I just look and admire but those chevron stitches really stood out for me – they look beautiful, especially in the colours you chose.

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  7. I love your pieces. They look like such fun workshops 🙂

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  8. nanacathy2 says:

    Three completely different pieces. I love the finished book mark. I think I would be tempted to stitch the hare’s eyes and whiskers quite soon as I think it will chnage hiis appearance. He is however a very handsome hare. The Bethlehem embroidery is a new one on me, but I love stitching on felt and I really like the chevrons. Spirals for me spiral out of control, I might be tempted to make a paper template! I have to say I admire you no end for completing things from workshops. I have no end of things begun and not completed.

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  9. That rabbit is AMAZING!

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