Finished Vintage Crewel

Finished. Done. Yippee!

I put the finishing touches on this vintage crewel piece over the weekend. I became a little obsessive in my quest to get it done. (You know, staying up way too late just to get closer to done even though it's less fun than it used to be?) Now I'll just need to figure out what to do with it...

Vintage Crewel

I was doing some spring cleaning today. Going through my hall closets, trying to get my crafting supplies under control, I found this partially finished piece of crewel work. The pattern says it is a Bernat Stitchery Pak, Petals Pillow No. SO 8057.

When the crewel embroidery is finished, it can be made in to a pillow. The color scheme (orange rust and avocado green) makes me think it's probably from the 1970s. It's mostly done except for the center flower and a few smaller leaves and flowers. From the handwriting on one of the bundles of yarn, I think it belonged to my grandma.
I haven't done much crewel work, although I do have a couple of books about the subject. The impulse overtook me and I sat right down to work on this long ago abandoned piece. I completed the two golden colored flowers. Made with bunches of french knots, they look like fuzzy mums. I never know what to do with embroidery. I used to cross stitch when I was younger. Even about 5 years ago a made a cross stitch sampler of fruits and vegetables. It's pretty large, maybe 12 inches by 18 inches. I enjoyed making it but had no idea what to do with it so it just sat around. My family often does a white elephant gift exchange. I figured that was the perfect place to get rid of my embroidery. I had a frame from a mirror that had broken. So I matted the sampler and framed it. My brother won the sampler but it ended up hanging in my parents dining room. They've moved now so I don't know where that sampler will end up next.

Anyway, what should I do with this crewel work? It's so close to being done that I think I'll finish it. I might put it in a shadow box I have and hang it up. I don't want it to look hokey though. I'm imagining a little bird figure sitting on the flowers in the shadow box frame. Is that too silly? We'll see.

Sewing Books for Christmas

I love old sewing and crafting books. They are full of useful information and have great illustrations. Plus, it's fun to search for them.

The book on the right was a Christmas gift from John and Lisa. I really love the casual wardrobe drawings in this one. I bought the book on the left at a thrift store in Eugene after New Years. Some pics from it below.
Mom and Dad gave me a couple of embroidery books for Christmas. Sublime Stitching has retro pattern transfers and basic how to. The New Crewel has instruction and very unique modern designs.

So far I've made a little owl from a design in Sublime Stitching and a free hand butterfly. I'm thinking the owl might become a pocket somewhere.