Bethlehem Embroidery SAL

It’s three weeks since I last showed you my Bethlehem embroidery, this is the Palestinian style piece I started at a workshop by Deborah Mullins last year. Three weeks ago I had just started the Chevron stitch border which will enclose the stitching…

It takes a while to make much progress with this stitch as it’s such a dense stitch – I seem to remember the central shape of chevron stitch taking hours at the workshop and this line is probably three times as long!

Anyway, I have made progress, not a huge amount, but reasonable, I’m still working my way round, but it has given me a little thinking time regarding how I’m going to fill in the areas in between the spirals. I feel I need shapes and colours that won’t detract from the outer spirals in particular, I don’t want to lose them in a melee of colour. I have a few thoughts but I probably need to draw my spirals onto paper to then have a play in the space I’ve got left.

Hopefully in three weeks time when I next share this, I’ll have finished with the chevrons and have a few more concrete thoughts about the rest of it!

In the meantime, please follow the links below to see everyone’s progress with their hand 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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22 Responses to Bethlehem Embroidery SAL

  1. Whatever you decide will be fantastic. The chevrons are so neat!

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  2. Lindashee says:

    This is absolutely beautiful ! I love the authentic look it has. I missed the last few updates (naughty me) but I’m guessing this is embroidery on wet felting ? Love the result of mixed techniques

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  3. Sharon says:

    Wonderful progress. This is such an amazing piece of art!

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  4. This looks like a fun project.

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  5. kathyreeves says:

    The chevrons add so much to this piece, you are wise to wait until they are finished before determining your next move. They really change the look of the piece!

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  6. Christina says:

    The chevron is beautiful! You made some nice progress 🙂

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  7. Carole says:

    The chevrons are so neat! This is such a beautiful project.

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  8. claire93 says:

    really love the feathery outline

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  9. CathieJ says:

    I love the way the chevrons are snaking around the inner piece. It is really pretty.

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  10. This is such a pretty piece. I love the chevrons!

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  11. anne54 says:

    This is quite different to your other stitchery, it just shows what an adventurous stitcher you are! As well as being a talented embroiderer too. I wonder what you will do with the spirals.

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  12. rutigt says:

    I like it!!! It´s very beautiful!

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  13. wybrow1966 says:

    I seemed to have missed the start of this piece – I love it. Do you need any additional stitching in the spirals? I think it flows really well as it is. Colours are gorgeous.

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  14. It’s really beautiful and interesting to see it born slowly…Well!

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  15. magpiesue says:

    That looks like a lot of progress with the chevron stitching given how time consuming it seems to be. I can see that once you develop a rhythm it might move along more quickly. I hope you can complete the “circle” before your enthusiasm wanes. I’ve no doubt you’ll come up with something interesting for the areas between the spirals. 🙂 My condolences on your recent losses. I hope happy memories will soon overtake the grief.

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  16. Laura says:

    I’m cheering you on! Hope you complete the circle by next check in.

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  17. Orange and turquoise are not colours I would have chosen to go together and yet they work so well Margaret. Looking good x

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  18. Amanda says:

    The chevron looks lovely. Are you working it over a hoop?

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