Final Crewel Filling Stitches

Crewel Sampler - Final Stitches

Almost finished! Above you’ll see my finished cloud filling stitch section (such a happy stitch!) and that I’ve started filling the last two stitches. (Also that I’ve somehow managed to pull the weave all out of whack in one area – not sure what’s up with that.)

I’ve started filling that littlest section with burden stitch, which is a fun way to make a gradient effect – lemme show you how to do that!

First, you’ll lay down horizontal lines across the area – including the very top and bottom border! Make sure they’re evenly spaced; mine are about 1/8″ apart. Now, keep in mind here that these lines will not be fully covered up. This thread will show through the rest of your stitching, so make sure it’s a color you’ll be happy with later. For this section, I will use my white, light pink, and fuchsia threads – in that order – over these lines. So light pink should (fingers crossed) work pretty well to help tie the three colors together.

Crewel Sampler - Final Stitches

Then, starting in the middle with my middle color (light pink), I’ll work one long stitch starting just above one horizontal line –

Crewel Sampler - Final Stitches

over one line, and then back down just before the next one. So each stitch will pass over one horizontal line – does that make sense? To start, you’ll actually work two rows at once, so place your next stitch nice and snuggled up to your first, but covering the horizontal line above the one you just worked over. Alternate in this way all across the first two rows, then you can work one row at a time with your stitches nestled neatly into the spaces left open by the previous row.

Crewel Sampler - Final Stitches

After I finish this fourth row in light pink, I will fill in the rows above it with white, and the rows below it with fuchsia. Can you see how that will work as a gradient, with the light pink horizontal stitches peeking through? I don’t see why you couldn’t do those first stitches in the same colors you’ll top them with, so that the areas are more solid, but that sounds like a pain in the ass. We’ll see how this looks once I start using the white and fuchsia threads.

So the last section then! Well, I really did want to make a feature out of this large area, but everything I considered seemed too heavy or too fussy to look right there. I knew I’d have to use the fuchsia thread there to tie it all together but how to keep that from just drowning everything else out?! I’ve decided on a double cross stitch filling, laid out into a pattern itself:

Crewel Sampler - Final Stitches

I drew a large trellis pattern, lines a full inch apart, and I’m placing double cross stitches along those lines – which are worked exactly like they look. Like an asterisk, made of four straight stitches. It doesn’t matter much what order you work those straight stitches in, but do it the same each time for a nice clean look. I might work more than just that trellis, but I haven’t decided yet. You can also just fill the area randomly with double cross stitches, that would be lovely as well.

When all of this is finished, I’ll work a simple outline around the whole thing and along each border line – probably in my dark blue thread, maybe in split stitch or chain stitch – and that’ll be it! I’ll show you my finished crewel filling sampler at the end of the week!

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