I think I’ve shared that one of my favorite places to shop is the Austin Creative Reuse Store. I know there are stores like it in other cities. It’s like an invitation to go through everyone’s stash and getting to pick the things you want and take them home! Prices are awesome, and you’ll never know what you’ll find! Here is my story about a new-to-me crewel embroidery pillow!
I found this UFO (UnFinished Object) and loved its potential, so I bought it. I think I spent $.50 on it. So much love and time had already been put into the crewel embroidery on the linen, I wanted to bring it home.
You can see how little remained to do on this crewel piece. I don’t do a lot of crewel work, so my sister gave me some bits of yarn that went with the colors in this piece. I threaded my needle and went at it!
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Crewel uses many of the same stitches common in thread embroidery, but yarn is the stitching material instead of thread. I did quite a bit of satin stitch to complete the flowers, adding French knots to the centers of some of the flowers, and the stem stitch to complete the stems.
Now is the time to go through your mom’s or grandmother’s collection of old linens and hand work. Find their finished and unfinished pieces and make something special for your home or theirs!