The technique of Crewel Embroidery is over 1000 years old, yet it still holds its stitchers enraptured and its admirers enthralled. Crewelwork is an ideal technique for beginners who are new to embroidery.
Channel your creativity and artistry into learning this age-old technique. Brush up on your colour theory and learn a wide range of stitches to produce an original piece of Jacobean Crewelwork. From decorative tea towels and accent pillows to decorative boxes and art framed and mounted, what you can do with your finished piece is limited only by your imagination. After this course, you will have the confidence and skills required to further your study in the needle arts.
After a brief introduction to Jacobean Crewel work and an overview of all the designs elements, we will begin designing a stitch “Dictionary."
With guidance from your instructor, you will complete the design of your individual piece and create a stitch plan.
Week three will give us time to review your progress and discuss any challenges and changes to your stitch plan if necessary.
Your finished crewelwork piece will be shown to the class today for final critique and evaluation. We will also discuss next steps for the “finishing” of your piece and additional techniques of embroidery you may be interested in studying.
CLASS MATERIALS LIST:
Morgan Products Plastic No Slip Hoop – 10”
2 Dewalt 4.5” Trigger Clamp
Sublime Stitching Iron-on Transfer Marker – Fine Point 0.5mm in BLACK
DMC Embroidery Floss (for the first class have 3-5 colours)
2 20" square pieces of plain weave cotton-linen blend or rayon-linen blend (white or natural colour)
Jodi Bager is a Toronto based needlework artist skilled in the embroidery arts: Jacobean crewelwork, stump work, whitework, monogram, beadwork, needlepainting, canvass work, cross stitch, as well as hand knitting, crocheting, and dyeing. Jodi is inspired by both the simplicity and complexity of stitching and profoundly believes in the meditative nature of this art form. A graduate of the Faculty of Education at U of T, Jodi combines a love of teaching and a passion for needlework to inspire her students. A firm believer in life-long learning, Jodi continues to hone her skills while studying with The Royal School of Needlework and Hand & Lock, both based in England. Always working with her hands, no matter the discipline, Jodi is also the author of two Canadian best-seller cookbooks and the founder and president of Grain-Free JK Gourmet Inc., a Toronto based food manufacturer.