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I have been busy working on two complementary Crewelwork pieces over the last month. The Needlebook was offered as a class in Crewel at my local Embroiderers Guild, with Firdes Ali as the designer and tutor.

The second piece is an adaptation and extension of the same design. For the Threadbook I took her original design and extended it in order to make the larger matching book containing plastic packets, intended to hold Crewel Wool skeins.

Both pieces are very traditional Crewel designs stitched with Appleton’s crewel wools in lovely muted greens, pinks, blues and a little touch of yellow. Crewlwork is fun because there are so many stitches to try out, and I really like how these pieces have turned out … and I will get to use them soon!

The Exciting News! I am about to head over to the U.K. in a few weeks to start the Jacobean Crewel intensive course at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN). There is only one month to go till the course starts, and I am both so excited and terrified.

I welcome any advice from those who have done this course before me – what to take, what do I need to prepare?
I hope to find time to blog about the experience while I am there – internet and time permitting.