I finished my first crewel work project a few weeks ago and I have fallen hard for this type of embroidery. This kit is by The Crewelwork Company. It's called Secret Squirrel, and sadly, is hard to find and not made anymore, but some shops still have it. I bought it a long time ago and tucked it away and then a swift 6 years went by and rediscovered it along with quite a bit of other needlework items I bought around that time. My favorite shop went out of business and I bought everything I could, knowing I would be happy later I did, and I sure am.
Here's a close up. The color is a bit off, the color above is much more accurate.
I feel like I am in a race car stitching crewel compared to cross-stitch and needlepoint on canvas and the painter in me is giddy over the ability to mix color and directions and make marks with the threads. It's so much fun. I have started another kit and then I am onto my own designs. I really am happy I am taking the time to work from kits now, to get a sense of color, learning different stitches, and working on precision without have to make design decisions along the way—but I already have drawn my own designs and they are waiting in the wings. The amount of research about fabric, wool threads, and browsing the vast amount of amazing books about crewel has been so fun to dive into. I have to be careful and back away from the computer, because you know, I could also be stitching instead of researching. I have been looking at books over at The Mad Samplar, and reading about crewel technique over at Needle n' Thread.
On the opposite side of this type of work, I have been madly stitching for the girls' ballet recital coming up, Alice in Wonderland, and it's been a lot of sheers, feathers, fake furs, hat making, glue gunning, serging, and tons of fast, furious, and loud sewing. So, my embroidery will have to be on hold for a couple weeks.
I was told to watch Mortified Nation on instant netflix (thanks sarah!) and oh, man, it's so good. It remnds me of This American Life, at it's most cringy. In the best way.