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Stitch It With Wool: Crewel Embroidery

with Kristin Nicholas
Stitch It With Wool: Crewel Embroidery
Build on basic stitches to create exquisite crewel embroidery that blossoms with color and texture!

Discover the time-honored art of crewel embroidery with a front-row seat to every stitch! Expert embroiderer Kristin Nicholas guides you through 25 stitches, beginning with basics that work wonderfully for outlines, text and borders. Play with color and texture as you add dazzling dimension to your designs with the laid stitch and spiderweb stitch and create gorgeous fills using turkey work, needle weaving, squared filling and the cloud stitch. Bring two free pillow patterns to life in spectacular style with Kristin's expert tips for steaming and finishing your embroidery and preventing fabric fray. Finally, discover inspiring design ideas that will leave you eager to embroider everything from gifts to decor with the lavish look of crewel embroidery.

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Lesson 1. Materials & Transferring

  • Meet your instructor, author and designer Kristin Nicholas, as she starts the class off with an inspirational introduction to crewel embroidery and its most popular uses. You’ll discover the best ways to get started using various needles, threads and fabrics.


Lesson 2. Basic Stitches

  • Start out with some of the most classic crewel stitches as you follow along with Kristin’s engaging demonstrations. You’ll learn how to create basic stitches from start to finish, including stem, satin, chain, lazy daisy, blanket and backstitches.


Lesson 3. Embellished Basic Stitches

  • Turn classic stitches into beautiful embellished stitches with Kristin’s tips for success along the way. You’ll work on methods to create a whipped backstitch, a variety of chain stitches, a traditional buttonhole wheel and a variation called the inside-out buttonhole wheel. You’ll love the endless design possibilities that each one offers!


Lesson 4. Fancy Stitches

  • Push your skills a step further as you explore a variety of fancy stitches. Play with texture and sculptural forms as you embroider rosette expressions like French knots and the four-legged knotted cross, and rope-inspired themes like bullion knots and a beautiful Vandyke stitch.


Lesson 5. Fill Stitches

  • Discover ways to fill empty spaces in your designs with beautiful stitch patterns that provide a fast way to embellish large areas. Kristin shows you how to work with two versions of the laid stitch before demonstrating checked patterns, cloud filling and couching techniques.


Lesson 6. Sculpted Stitches

  • Create feathery, voluminous textures in this overview of spiderweb stitches, needle weaving and playful turkey work stitches. Kristin explains how to troubleshoot tricky areas of each stitch, demonstrating foolproof ways to fill in your stitches without gaps and tie off your work.


Lesson 7. Finishing & Inspiration

  • Wrap up the class with an inspirational guide to using all of your new stitches. Kristin shares a wide variety of completed projects to show you how you can integrate fill stitches, sculptural stitches and more in aesthetically pleasing ways. You’ll also learn professional finishing techniques for blocking, steaming and completing your crewel projects.

"This class was inspiring and presented lots of stitches and how to manipulate the stitches to your favor. I liked so much the instructor, someone with passion and knowledge, never to miss learning from her something new, even if you already have a background on embroidery (...) just love it."
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