Jenny La Fleur
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pocket fun

Oh look at me - I started my first post-CC project today!

The lovely shades of blue wool thread I treated myself to at CC have been "burning a hole in my pocket" ever since I got home - if you will excuse the pun - so I broke down and just started the darn thing. Really I've been meaning to make a second pocket for months now, bought the fabric ages ago, but just haven't gotten to it.

The design is pretty much the same as my other pocket, only different. :> These are meant to be a pair but I didn't want them matchy-matchy so I did a bit of tweaking. Small things like a new butterfly, the addition of pomegranates and a snail, a new center flower design and a general playing around with color combinations. I have the 4 shades of blue from CC but other than that I'm trying to use what I have left over from my first pocket. Waste not, want not! Besides I really don't want the hassle of a trip to Manassas right now. I should have plenty to do what I want... wish I had more yellow but I can make do without.

Before I cut into the linen I made sure I'd have enough for some fingerless mitts as well, which I did no problem. So those will be my next crewelwork project. Still working out the design but I've decided on all white wool thread. I love white-on-white!

I started straight away on my center flower, featuring the blues from CC. Took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do there but I'm happy with the results. Tried a new stitch there, a burden stitch. It's sort of like a mock basket weave - I like it!! I of course ripped out my first attempt, but once I got the hang of it I was quite pleased. It looks much better in person. Can you tell I'm having way too much fun?!


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koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: August 18th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC) (link)
That looks so good! Your embroidery skills are certainly impressive :)

I so want to embroider something now. Instead I have to make buttonholes. Bleah. I suppose I could work out the designs when I'm waiting on fabric though...

Will there still be a bee?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 18th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC) (link)
*blushes* Thanks! :> Yes there will be a bee... at least one. No happy drunk bees this time though, a nice respectable one instead. *hee hee*

As B was looking at my old pocket yesterday she declared he didn't look drunk after all, but rather that he was doing the hokey pokey! *rolls eyes* Whatever shall I do with her?!
isiswardrobe From: isiswardrobe Date: August 18th, 2006 08:04 am (UTC) (link)
Looks great! The blues are lovely, and I'm sure the finished result will be very pretty indeed.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 18th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you! *sigh* I love crewelwork.
From: editrene Date: August 18th, 2006 08:59 am (UTC) (link)
What beautiful embroidery! I love your page header, too.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 18th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you! I love my cherry header too, first header to last so many months - happy cherries! *hee hee*
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: August 18th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC) (link)
Beautiful! I really hope I can make a pocket sometime this year! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 18th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Oh you should! They are nice small scale projects and can be done in a flash. They are super easy, you just have to decide how wild you want to go on the handwork. I'll be finished with mine long before I tire of the effort. :>
From: among_hedgerows Date: August 18th, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC) (link)
It's beautiful! Your embroidery is exquisite.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 18th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you - it's something I truly enjoy doing!
countess_rosina From: countess_rosina Date: August 18th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC) (link)
Lovely, lovely, lovely! I'm rather partial to the blues - the combination makes me think of blue willow china.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 18th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC) (link)
Yep, blue willow is period you know! :> Blue was my favorite color when I was a little girl so I'm still rather partial to it myself, especially these hand dyed shades...
lmcbeth From: lmcbeth Date: August 18th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC) (link)
OOO! So pretty!

I love Mr. Snail!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 18th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh Mr. Snail will be pleased! *giggle*

Now I just need to decide what shade to color him... :>
dawnluck From: dawnluck Date: August 18th, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC) (link)
Beautiful! And lovely work! I can't wait to see the set of pockets together.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 18th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I can't wait to have a proper set of pockets, rather than the mix-match pair I wear now.
tailordrews From: tailordrews Date: August 18th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC) (link)
Yes i know how you feel, when starting a new embroidery, its a treat!
Very nice.........

jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 18th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC) (link)
Ummm... yes indeed. Wools are my favorite so they are definitely a treat for me!
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: August 18th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC) (link)
Pretty! *envies people who can sew AND embroider*
I love the 18th c. crewelwork - it has such a clean look to it. :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 18th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Me too! I love the earlier Jacobean crewelwork too... someday I'd like try my hand at some of those styles as well.
From: justawench Date: August 18th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC) (link)
I love blue! It's going to look gorgeous. :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 18th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you!
From: laurenmonkey Date: August 18th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC) (link)
That is BEAUTIFUL! How did you learn to embroider? I need to learn how to do that...
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 18th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you! Wow, that is a good question. A little from my Mom but mostly picked it up on my own. Mom taught me to cross-stitch when I was 11 or 12, and I fell in love with needlework. Once you pick up the basics (and it's amazing what you can do with 2 or 3 basics stitches), it's just a matter of practice.

Good books help too - I can get you a list of recommendations if you are interested. I will warn you my favorites are from the UK though - they still appreciate hand worked embroidery over there!
From: editrene Date: August 19th, 2006 09:11 am (UTC) (link)
I'd be interested to know which are your favourite books, too - I've got a couple, but it's always good to have recommendations. And since I'm IN the UK...
jennil From: jennil Date: August 18th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC) (link)
Ooh, fun! Looks great!

"burning a hole in my pocket"


You know you need to teach a crewel embroidery class at CC one of these years, right? Just sayin'. . .
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 19th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC) (link)
*hee hee*

Thanks! :> Yeah, that would be fun! :>
elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: August 19th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC) (link)
Oooh!! I'm so excited you've broken out your new yarns and started on the new pocket! It looks so pretty--I love the color (but you already know I'm partial to blue... ;). I really like the design tweaks as well--they are very elegant and are enough to distinguish this from the other pocket. I'm very much looking forward to seeing this one in person! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 22nd, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm having way too much fun with this, can you tell?! :>
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