Bethlehem Embroidery SAL

It’s three weeks since I posted about my Bethlehem embroidery, this is the one I started at a workshop by Deborah Mullins last autumn. The design is inspired by Palestinian embroidery, particularly the style found traditionally in Bethlehem. Three weeks ago I was couching round the spiral copper wires…

I’ve not done much this time but progress is progress! I’ve finished the couching, I managed to unpick the bit at the beginning where I was couching in and out of the spiral – it’s not that easy to unpick on the heavy felt backing as the threads bed themselves in!

I’m still a bit undecided about how to fill in the gaps, but I decided to stitch the outer chevron ring first, so I can plan the fillers as a whole. I’m using two threads of perle at a time, just alternating the colours, I think it’s going to take a while!

This SAL is organised by Avis, we post our progress on our hand-stitching every three weeks, please follow the links to see what everyone else has been stitching.

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

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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15 Responses to Bethlehem Embroidery SAL

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    I’m enjoying watching your progress with this one as it is something I have never come across before.


  2. claire93 says:

    alternating those colours is going to look very effective ^^


  3. Seeing an update on this one is a definite Sunday treat! Love that orange thread for the couching and the overall colour balance. The central part gives me far too many ideas for making some flat braids and couching them….


  4. CathieJ says:

    I love how this piece is coming along. I like that you are repeating the chevron pattern. It is so pretty.


  5. kathyreeves says:

    The chevron design is going to be beautiful, it is looking great!


  6. Christina says:

    The chevron is my favorite! Happy to see you repeating it in the design 🙂


  7. I love how this appears to be padded/quilted. Very pretty!


  8. Sharon says:

    Stunning piece…you’re doing a beautiful job on this.


  9. This is very interesting and I love the colours.


  10. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Wish we had 3-D WordPress as this must be even more stunning IRL!


  11. It’s gorgeous! I imagine the difficulties of sewing on felt! Very Good!


  12. Carole says:

    This is gorgeous! Love the colours and the design and everything about it 🙂


  13. It’s looking great, a totally new style of work for me so I’m really enjoying seeing how it progresses each time. Love the chevron! xx


  14. rutigt says:

    Your embroidery is so beautiful!


  15. Renee says:

    The spirals are so stunning! This is going to be such an amazing piece of art when you are done. Beautiful work!

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