Crewel Embroidery

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I am starting to plan next years curriculum and want to include home management/life skills as a subject this year. I was wondering if anyone knew of some good web sites or curriculum's. Also any ideas that you might have or things you have done with your girls would be helpful.

I think I have the book for you. It is Christian, but I think anyone could use it-and just taylor it. I have 4 boys, and they have a "boy's" version and a "girl's" version, but I use both. The name of the book is Keepers at home.

http://www.keepersofthefaith.com/Catalog/lkf/ProductSearch.asp

The book covers such areas as:

Creative Skills: basketweaving, calligraphy, candlemaking, candlewicking, ceramics, counted cross stitch, crewel embroidery, crochet, decoupage….though to weaving…

Homemaking: Baking, budgeting, cake decorating, camping, cleaning, cooking, fire safety, first aid, food preservation, gardening, health and fitness, home decorating, hygiene…through to soapmaking

Knowledge and Skills: biography, computer, foreign language, genealogy, library, literature, music, poetry, sign language… through to writing

Nature: birds, butterflies, flowers, horses, insects, pets, trees, wildflowers,

Other: bus worker, child care, church, ecology, etiquette, etc…

Recreational Activities: badminton, bicycle, croquet, hiking, ice skating, swimming, etc…

It has 374 pages, so obviously it doesn't go in depth on any one subject, but tells you what to do to cover them. Kind of the same way scouting would cover things for badges.

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I am someone who can't even sew a button. I am a total beginner, but I'd like to learn how to embroider and something about crewel really appeals to me. I know they sell kits at craft stores. What would I need to make sure the kits have? In other words, what would I need to begin? I'm scared I will go into Michael's and spend 4x more than I need to because I don't know what to get. Thanks!

Crewel is surface embroidery with wool on linen — it's fun, but there are some texture issues for some people, as well as expense. Most of us who embroider started with cotton floss (DMC and Anchor are good brands) on cotton fabric. See my answer to: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101122123123AAk0Aft

If you want to stick with crewel, you'll want a beginners kit and a hoop — 6" is a good size for most women's hands — when you get really good you can move to stretchers. Or you may find that you prefer to work without a hoop — some of us are crazy that way. <g> I'd also buy an extra pack of assorted size embroidery/crewel needles, about $1 at Walmart, probably under $2 most other places.

If you want to do embroidery with cotton floss, pick up some colors of floss that you like, a packet of embroidery/crewel needles, and a 6" or so embroidery hoop — the ones I like for beginners look like this: http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Bates-Hoop-La-Embroidery-Hoops/dp/B000GBO9M8 or http://www.beverlys.com/plastic-embroidery-hoop-5.html You'll also need a pair of scissors or a nail clipper to cut threads (why, yes, I've embroidered on airplanes, why do you ask??? <g>)

The book I learned most of my first crewel embroidery stitches from, and still a very good one, is Erica Wilson's Embroidery Book: http://www.worldcat.org/title/erica-wilsons-embroidery-book/oclc/657147/editions?editionsView=true&referer=br and Erica Wilson's Fun with Crewel Embroidery: http://www.worldcat.org/title/fun-with-crewel-embroidery/oclc/567395&referer=brief_results — check your local library, they're likely on the shelves.

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I am at a beginning level and would like to reproduce an image from a book. Is there anyplace I can find people who can give me advice? Thank you.

Go to this site and go down to " Description of the technique"

Crewel embroidery – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Description…|See also|References|External…Crewel Embroidery, or Crewelwork, is a decorative form of surface embroidery using wool and a variety of different embroidery stitches to follow a design outline applied to the fabric….
http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crewel_embroidery – Cached

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Embroidery is the art of embellishing fabric with designs that are sewed with strands of thread or yarn using a needle. Embroidery makes use of other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills and sequins as a means of further ornamenting a fabric. There are several classifications of embroidery deigns.

Embroidery design can be classified according to the basic foundation fabric used by the embroiderer. For example, free embroidery is one design where stitches are made without taking into account t the knit of the basic fabric. Crewel embroidery and traditional Chinese embroidery are in this category.

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Embroidery is the art of embellishing fabric with designs that are sewed with strands of thread or yarn using a needle. Embroidery makes use of other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills and sequins as a means of further ornamenting a fabric. There are several classifications of embroidery deigns.

Embroidery design can be classified according to the basic foundation fabric used by the embroiderer. For example, free embroidery is one design where stitches are made without taking into account t the knit of the basic fabric. Crewel embroidery and traditional Chinese embroidery are in this category.

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