Sunday, 27 January 2013

long and short in crewel wool . . .

shading using one strand of crewel wool and stem stitch for the leaves
long and short shading detail
Working one colour into another by shading can be quite tricky as the shading can look 'banded'.  To over come this, which takes a little experience, the second colour is introduced gradually, and 'feathered' in, whilst the first colour gradually disappears as shading continues.  On top of this, there is direction to cope with, as the shape expands outwards then curves back in.  However, it is such a pleasure to be stitching on lovely Scottish woven linen twill.

Kathy 'The Unbroken Thread' Andrews - is working the same design for Nicola Jarvis for her forthcoming exhibition which will be later in the year at the William Morris Gallery.  Dates will be issued in future posts.


  1. It's so beautiful to see a PERFECT embroidery and so well interpreted ! Recently I see so much approximation all around....
    My best wishes,

  2. What I love about your stitching is the crisp clean lines and sharp points.

    Did you put split stitch underneath the long and short?

    Wished you taught in Cheshire - do you know of anybody who does?

    Kindest Regards,

    1. Yes Penny - there is split stitch under the shading - it helps keep a neat line. I will try and show it future posts.

      I am afraid I don't know of any teaching or tutor in Cheshire as such other than the guild who may bring RSN trained tutors to your region. Your always welcome in Durham.