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girlgeeknz
« on: January 14, 2006 05:54:50 PM »

Hi,

I have just bought Katherine Shaughnessy's book "The New Crewel" (I just LOVE the contemporary designs). I went along to Spotlight (the NZ/Australian equivalent to Jo-Anns, I think), thinking they would have exactly what I needed. It was really difficult, and because none of the staff are familiar with the craft, they couldn't give me very good advice.

The book says you need Linen Twill to embroider onto. This was $90 per metre (very expensive), so I just bought a small piece, but I figure there must be something cheaper I could use. Does anyone have any ideas? Mostly I'm just doing small pieces for greeting cards etc.

I also struggled to work out what the correct wool was. There seemed to be 2 kinds of embroidery thread, the fine floss for cross stitch etc., and a much thicker sort of tapestry yarn. I bought the tapestry yarn, but it is 4 ply. I've split the yarn into 2 threads of 2-ply, which seems to work ok, but I wonder if that is still too thick, and perhaps I should split it again so that I have 4 threads of single ply.

Would love some advice if anyone has any.

Claire
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katie74
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2006 09:37:40 PM »

Isn't that book fantastic. No answers, I just have the same questions. I am off to Spotlight tomorrow and I too thought it would be easy to find crewel wool there. I've used Appletons crewel wool for tapestry before, but that is not cheap and I think I had to mail order from Sydney.
Katie
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Ayn
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2006 01:23:30 PM »

I haven't done crewel in a reeeally long time but have done 'regular' type embroidery for what seems like forever (don't care for crosstitch). 

Someone pleeeease correct me if I'm not remembering right ... but iirc, crewel embroidery & 'regular' employ similar if not same stitches, a major difference being that crewel's done in 2 strand fine wool (while 'regular' might use 1 to 6 strands of silk or, maybe more commonly, cotton or rayon floss). 

However, I've known people who worked silk, cotton, & various other materials in with their crewel wool too -- just as we 'regular' embroiderers often slip other materials or things in with or onto our floss sometimes.

But now, concerning the fabric -- I truly don't see why you absolutely MUST use expensive linen --- well, except for the fact that it's considered 'traditional' (and of course it 'is' a fabulous fabric too).  Since you're just beginning, tho, maybe experiment with good quality cotton.. or possibly even wool..?
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