Monday, March 6, 2017

Crewel/Jacobean Class ~

Day one of the rug hooking crewel/Jacobean class is done.  Taken from the handout . . . "Jacobean embroidery is a style of embroidery design, rather than an embroidery technique.  The style includes elaborate stylized flowers, vines, plants animals and birds.  Crewel embroidery, or crewelwork, is a type of flat embroidery using wool."  "A small crewel pattern is perfect for a first project.  It lends itself to a simple color plan using swatches to experiment with color, value and balance.  Since there are no realistic images, you are free to experiment and have fun with the whimsical motifs using colors that you like!"
Teacher Connie Bradley is a bundle of energy.  She has been hooking for at least 30 years and she is just a youngster :) 
Taught by her mom, there isn't a style of hooking Connie can't do.    Here are some of the examples she brought to class to showcase the style.

The mat I chose to hook.  No small motifs so I am able to hook it using an 8 and 8.5 cut. 

I am not using swatches ~ just colors I like.  I purchased the lighter teal blue from Connie ~ a wonderful as is wool.  The darker teal is a small piece of overdyed wool I had left.  Sure wish I had more of it.  The wool used in the leaves is a piece Connie suggested.  I think once my dark background goes in they will "pop".

I found this wonderful antique paisley tablecloth the other day at a local antique shop (for a really GREAT price).  It has some damage, but I'm not sure enough damage that I can justify cutting it up.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)


Saundra said...

The Jacobean pieces were beautiful but not my cup of tea. What you are choosing to do is within my comfort zone. Lucky you to find a piece of paisley that size for a good price.

Julia said...

Your Jacobean rug is starting to look great. amazing that you can hook it in a wide cut.
I'm not a fan of the Jacobean style but I'm sure there a lot to lean in the process. It would look great in the right setting, in your case the wide cut will fit right in.

acorn hollow said...

I like your rug can't wait to see more.
love your table cloth

marly said...

Wow. Those are hooked? The loops are so tiny! Or appear to be in the photos.

WoolenSails said...

Beautiful rug, I appreciate the beauty and work in the smaller cuts. I started with those and think I do better with small, maybe it is easier on my hands, so I do better. Great find, I do have a few pieces that were gifted to me, still waiting for a special project.


Prims By The Water said...

What a deal on that tablecloth. Keep us posted on your rug. Looks good so far! Janice

Farm Girl said...

Wow what a cool class. I bet you learn so much. I hope you feel better. I really like that paisley.

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

Oh that paisley is beautiful but I love the Jacobean rugs ❤

Jacqueline said...

Nice to see the actual wool used in the hooking. Thanks

Jennie in GA said...

What a sweet little mat! And a gorgeous paisley shawl. You always spot the best. It's!!

Three Sheep Studio said...

So beautiful- eager to see your progress.
Love the colors you have chosen.

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Lauren,
Connie is such a talented lady and her work is beautiful! I always admire those small cuts even though I love the primitive cuts for myself! Your runner is really lovely and love your colors!! You seem to have a homing device for paisley and your new piece is just wonderful!! Lucky you!!!
Enjoy your week, my friend!!
Heart Hugs~

woolwoman said...

YOU taking a crewel class ???? seriously ! I love Connie's rugs you showed - I have 3 crewel patterns in progress - probably forever projects in 3 & 4 cut but they are gorgeous and I am very drawn to this type of pattern. Hope you enjoy your wide cut crewel experience - Mel

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Amazing rugs...Can hardly see the loops. Must be skinny worms...Your paisley shawl is pretty, but I would think twice too. Hope my new 'H' hook inspires me to finish my small rug. I have really been procrastinating lately. Not usually my nature. Looks like it was an inspiring class. How lucky to have access to such seminars.
Looking forward to seeing your finished mat too.

Folk Art hugs & Peace, Barb

Primitive Stars said...

Morning Lauren, amazing rugs, always amazes me the talent you ladies have. Can't wait to see finished mat. Blessings Francine,