Back to Jack…

Another wild and windy weekend with hurricane Brian on its way. So it was great to spend the day sewing at Hampton Court. It has been a little while since I worked on my Jacobean Crewel work piece for my certificate, but I have been feeling more positive about it recently. Alas when I arrived there was still no sign of my security pass and it was only due to a kindly passing soul, willing to escort me through the palace, that I was able to get into the sewing room before 10.00am.

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Now that the classroom has been moved, and is smaller, they have reduced the number of students attending and put two tutors on duty. This meant that you had an opportunity to talk about your work during the course of the day. As always though, the day just whizzes past and before you know it – it is time to pack up! I worked mainly on long and short stitch over the larger flower in my design, and then learnt how to do whipped and woven wheels which I intend to use for the mistletoe berries. I am not sure if the three berries that I completed will stay or if I will take them out and do them again.

A whipped wheel (a) starts with a base of an even number of threads sewn in a star shape. The wool is then wrapped around the first thread and passed under the next – making sure that the tension of the wool is kept consistent throughout (otherwise you end up with bumps). A woven wheel (b) has an odd number of spokes (I think I used 5), and this time you wrap wool around and over the top to the next spoke – forming a little raised button shape.

Once I had used long and short on the top petals of the large flower – I then tried a whipped chain stitch to outline the next petals. I think this will need taking out and redoing as the orange wool was very variable along its length and has given a very uneven appearance. I might also try the lighter orange wool.


So the final piece looks like this now…..


Next steps then are to finish all the whipped and woven wheels, and complete filling in the trellis work. I think I am going to need at least one extra day to complete and mount (if not more!).

About wybrow1966

My name is Deborah, and my earliest recollection of being creative is learning how to smock at primary school. We had a wonderful, white-haired lady who came in once a week to teach the 'girls' how to sew. I am not sure what the boys got up to during this time - but I never once felt as though I was missing out on anything. Now, as a primary teacher, I often give up evenings to teach enthusiastic children how to embroider. I am now just about to embarked into the world of blogging. Who knows if anyone will be interested, or if I can even keep it up. But here goes....
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4 Responses to Back to Jack…

  1. Catherine says:

    What a beautiful design! I love the whipped and woven wheels. They are such fun to stitch aren’t they. I really dislike Appeltons for that reason you are struggling with the orange thread. But I guess we only have to use it for this piece and it’s good to learn how to deal with it!

    • wybrow1966 says:

      Thank you. The only way that I have found to deal with the Appletons is constant unpicking! But yes, really enjoyed the little wheels and the combinations can be endless.

  2. Sally says:

    Berries are a great use of whipped and woven wheels.

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