Using Leftover Crewel Thread March 30, 2012 17:32

We found that we had a good amount of crewel thread leftover from our kits.  We really enjoy the colors and hate to see them go to waste.  So, we made up this design for a project bag.  To inspire us, we perused through Katherine Shaughnessy’s The New Crewel:  Exquisite Designs in Contemporary Embroidery.  We used leftover thread as well as the needles and hoop that came with the original crewel embroidery kit.  This was simple enough to do while watching TV and only took an evening to complete.  This bag is much more inspiring than storing our projects in bland plastic bags.

Crewel Embroidery Workshop in Chicago March 28, 2012 16:10

For crewel embroidery lovers, Katherine Shaughnessy will be giving a workshop at One Strange Bird in Chicago on Saturday, April 14.  Katherine will be teaching this two hour crewel embroidery workshop and she will have a trunk load of crewelwork samples, including new projects from her upcoming book, New Crewel: The Motif Collection coming out in May.  The workshop will provide a brief introduction of the crewel basics, a demonstration of eight different crewel stitches and finishing techniques.  Participants will receive all the supplies needed to get started ---linen fabric, wool thread, needles and a hoop. The class is $65 and runs from 10:30am-12:30pm.  All skill levels welcome.  Sign up online at