What a buzz…

After spending so long on my Jacobean crewel work I felt the need to do something fun and frivolous. So today I spent the day at Hampton Court learning how to make a stumpwork bumble bee brooch with Rachel Doyle as tutor.


So cute!

The morning was spent on turkey rug stitch which forms the main part of the bee’s body. Once the stitches were complete you then had to cut them all back to give a bushy effect. It was with crossed fingers and legs that I took to the scissors!  Then in the afternoon we wrapped wire to make antennae and legs.


During the final part of the day we learned how to make the little wings by sewing on a very fine mesh. As always there is never quite enough time to finish the project, but here was my progress at the end of the day….

I was hoping to put it all together when I got home – but after being caught in a major traffic jam for 2hours, I thought better of it. So will post my finished brooch later.

Happy stitching everyone!

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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15 Responses to What a buzz…

  1. This is beautiful, and such a lovely idea. I look forward to seeing him when he’s finished

  2. Jen says:

    He’s cute! Did your tutor tell you how short is too short to trim the turkey rug stitch? I’ve only done it once on a bunny tail and was worried in case I made it too short! I’ve never tried stump work but it looks like fun.

    • wybrow1966 says:

      Hi Jen, Rachel had made a bee sample – so we cut to about the same height. Apparently the shorter you go the fluffier the effect. This was basic stumpwork – but a fun introduction.

  3. Sally says:

    Your Bee looks wonderful. What a great way to take your head to a new space after Jacobean. Well done.

  4. How cute is that. Good idea not to try anything after a traffic jam. One just needs to breathe and get back to normal I think. I look forward to seeing your bee, specially the wings, which looks very delicate.
    Happy crafting. 🙂

  5. claire93 says:

    how lovely and fluffy ^^

  6. Catherine says:

    This looks like such a fun project, though all that turkey rug! A lovely effect though. I hope you can finish it off soon.

  7. Kim says:

    So sweet. The perfect antidote to the detailed work you have done recently 😃

  8. lovely! It’s going to look fantastic all sewn together

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