August 20 ~ Hand Sewing Photo of the Day

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Deer Park close up
By Angie, glazedangel101

Angie writes, “The pattern was a vintage pattern from Coats and Clark… I had just started getting back into embroidery again when I did this piece and wanted to try out a few new stitches!” This design is a great example of crewel embroidery.

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156 Responses to August 20 ~ Hand Sewing Photo of the Day

  1. I love this and the whole idea of re-working a vintage pattern like that is cool. I’ve linked to this on my blog should you wish to check it out:

  2. Angie says:

    Wow, thanks for all your comments folks! I forgot that Beth had asked if it was OK if this pic was put on, I was wondering why my flickr page got so many hits on 20th August! For those wondering what stitches I used, I put notes on the pic in my photostream for each flower. I got the pattern originally from someone else on flickr, but its not there any more, I did notice someone else has a version here . Thanks again, you all made my day!

  3. Wow, that is so beautiful! I love the style – it’s like instant vintage. Beautiful!

  4. Sharrieboberry says:

    Lovely display of lots of different stitches! Well done!

  5. Madrona Tree says:

    This is soooo amazing. 🙂 Beautiful work!

  6. Wow! I love the picture. I think the colors make it look a bit modern.

  7. deb g. says:

    Angie, the Deer Park crewel is absolutely fantastic! What attention to detail you have!

  8. I love the vintage look of this. You have such great color choices. It is beautiful and inspiring.

  9. Betsy says:

    Vintage patterns – what a great resource.

  10. Ligia says:

    I love this piece! It would look lovely on the wall or on a bag! Where can I find this pattern?

  11. Heather says:

    I SO wish I could embroider!

  12. Erin says:

    What beautiful work! I’ve really been wanting to try my hand at crewel. I love the look of it.

  13. Sara says:

    Lovely! What’s the difference between regular embroidery and crewel embroidery?

  14. Leah says:

    This is so sweet! I love the variety of colors and textures in the work. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Mary Beth says:

    It’s beautiful. I think the little deer makes it appropriate for a children’s play area. I’d love to have this pattern. The crewel work is lovely.

  16. Krista says:

    Utterly gorgeous stitching! Love the colours. My mom used to do massive crewels in the 70’s. There is an 8′ high sunflower framed in barn wood still hanging in my parents house! I always thought it was the world’s biggest crewelwork, done in worsted wool!

  17. Jill Citron-Pousty says:

    Wow, so beautiful! The look is so different.

  18. Casey says:

    Lovely. I wish my stitches looked like that!

  19. Julia M. in MI says:

    Wow! This must have taken a lot of time. It is beautiful.

  20. Candice says:

    The stitches are beautiful, and really ‘pop’! 🙂

  21. It would be so fun to try that pattern!

  22. nessa says:

    That is *beautiful*!

  23. Sarah S says:

    Wow, this is stunning!

  24. Jill says:

    Most crewel work is blah. This is gorgeous. I’ll be studying this photo to try and figure out what a few of those stitches are!

  25. __L__ says:

    Waohhh! It’s wonderfull !!

  26. Trish James says:

    A really lovely piece of work. I love the flowers and leaves. It reminds me of folk artwork and it puts a vivid picture of narrow boats in my mind. I don’t know much about crewel so I will most definately look it up. I wonder whether you will frame it or use it for something? Well done. x

  27. Lisa says:

    Wow what a lovely piece of handwork.

  28. Work like that has the power to inspire me to (at least consider) putting down the knitting needles and giving embroidery a serious go!

  29. all8garden says:

    I love crewel. You did such a beautiful job! It’s so neat seeing all of the wonderful projects that people are doing out there. I second the request for more patterns or tutorials.

  30. Megan says:

    Wow. I really love that. Great color choices and beautiful stitches.

  31. Carol says:

    Beautiful work…I love the colors.

  32. Grace Wong says:

    that is beautiful!!

  33. Nima says:

    very pretty

  34. Nicole A says:

    That is incredible! The details are so gorgeous and I love all the different colors involved here!

  35. Sommer says:

    This is beautiful! Makes me want to go out and do some embroidery 🙂

  36. Em says:

    Oh, it’s beautiful!!! What a gorgeous bunch of colors and stitches! I really want to learn how to do that, and have the time to sit down and do it!!! So pretty!

  37. Malea says:

    This is beautiful. I love the flower petal details.

  38. Jennifer says:

    That’s so pretty! I’ve never tried crewel before but I think I might need to soon, if it’s that pretty…

  39. Carla says:

    I really am enjoying all the hand embroidery projects you have been posting. I definitely have to give embroidery a try.

  40. That is a gorgeous piece, love the colors that you used.


  41. kim says:

    crewel is the best! nice pattern 🙂

  42. shannon says:

    Gorgeous! Both the pattern and the stitching. Thank you for sharing!

  43. Mandi says:

    How beautiful! I love the crewel stitches. That’s another craft on my list of things I want to learn how to do…. 🙂

  44. rosa souza says:

    Just beautiful! Where can I find this pattern?

  45. Debbie says:

    That is beautiful! I remember doing crewel work back in the 70s!

  46. Diana says:

    Beautifully done

  47. emily says:

    wow this is so cute!

  48. Amy says:

    Beautiful. It reminds me of the crewel work that my grandmother used to do.

  49. Teresa says:

    Lovely, lovely picture! So beautifully done!! Crewel embroidery was the first type of embroidery I learned when I was little and I still love it the most! Thank you for the wonderful offer!

  50. Brina says:

    My that is too lovely for words!
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  51. Machelle says:

    I like the different types of stitches on here.

  52. Kerri says:

    I really like that. 🙂

  53. Beth says:

    Lovely – My mother has done some of this. I wish she could help me get started!!

  54. esther says:

    it’s lovely!

  55. wintu nancy says:

    I like the style of the picture and the fact that it looks like lots of different types of stitches were incorporated.

  56. Laura says:

    Oh, I really, really want to learn how to do crewel! I just love the look of it.

  57. PenguitoSmile says:

    This is beautiful, I love all of the different stitches that are utilized in it!
    After looking at all of these hand sewing I am thinking about picking up something again for myself…On top of my other numerous projects!

  58. Amber says:

    Wow! This is amazing. The colors are great.

  59. Lisa says:

    That is so beautiful!

  60. Kay says:


  61. Elaine C. says:

    I love the different color thread you used and all the various stitches are just so neat and precise! Wonderful Job!

  62. vermontmommy says:

    I love this. I love the pattern!!

  63. Java Jane says:

    Sweet is the word. I adore many of these vintage patterns and wish that they would turn up in my local thrift shops.

  64. elizabeth says:

    This is such a cute pattern! It makes me want to get back into embroidery…

  65. Ariane says:

    That’s really beautiful. I think I’ll add embroidery on my list of crafts to try in the near future.

  66. amanda says:

    What a stunning pattern…lucky find!

  67. Ramona says:

    quite lovely as my grandma would have said.

  68. water works says:

    I haven’t seen so many beautiful stitches in a long time. This is awesome and very inspiring. I need to jump in and try new stitches.

  69. Christine says:

    This is really pretty……when I was young my favorite handwork was this kind of crewel embroidery. You have inspired me to get back to it!

  70. Shannah says:

    Wow. This may be a “vintage” pattern, but it has a lovely modern look!

  71. Mrs. Pear says:

    This is beautiful! Such neat even stitches!

    Is the pattern available?

  72. Erica K says:

    Oh, it’s lovely! Great job!

  73. That is amazing stitching! I wish I could stitch like that!

  74. Erin says:

    This is so beautiful!

  75. beth says:

    I love how the flowers make the tree. I’m so used to seeing crewel in oranges and browns from the 70s. This is beautiful.

  76. Elizabeth says:

    So beautiful! I love it 🙂

  77. Ellen says:

    This is so cute!

  78. TONIE says:


  79. qsogirl says:

    what a pretty pattern… it could be used as a sampler!

  80. becky m says:

    That is very pretty. I have some crewel embroidery that a great aunt of mine did. She gave them all to me and I had them framed. I would love to try this myself…someday when I have time -lol

  81. maddy sherman says:

    Beautiful embroidery, such fine details. It looks absolutely gorgeous!

  82. Evelyn says:

    lovely! gorgeouss color choices (especially the greens) and such perfect stitches

  83. Misty.Creek says:

    Love the colors and detail work!

  84. That is so pretty. I would love to be able to make one with my limited skills.

  85. alexis says:

    this is simply awe inspiring.

  86. Kim K. says:

    Just gorgeous! Love all the colors!

  87. Leslie Newton says:

    This is very beautiful and neatly done. I found my old embroidery hoop and it is smooth from age. I need to start embroidery by hand again.

  88. Sarah says:

    that is so sweet! what a great entrance back into embroidery for you 🙂

  89. Julie says:

    This is awesome, I love it!

  90. Kara says:

    This is great! I think a lot of crewel work has an old-fashioned look, which I just love!

  91. Lauranie says:

    It is striking! Great use of color!

  92. Leslie says:

    Wow, my grandmother did a lot of beautiful crewel work and one of her pieces hangs in my mothers living room today. I haven’t done any of this type of embroidery since I was a I’m ready to try it again!

  93. Helena says:

    WOW! That is so pretty love the details.

  94. Hazel says:

    This is so sweet, I love the flowers and the texture on the deer. Great project!

  95. jackie says:

    so lovely,i adore this.

  96. Annie says:

    This is beautiful!

  97. Emily says:

    Beautiful! Pretty amazing for just getting back into embroidery!

  98. Whistlepea says:

    This is beautiful.

  99. Andrea says:

    That is just beautiful!

  100. Amy Hodge says:

    This is gorgeous. Totally takes me back to my childhood in the 70’s, when my father (and occasionally my mother) used to do projects like this!

  101. emtdlb says:

    I have always wanted to be able to do this type of embroidery. It is so classic looking. But I don’t think I have the patience for that. Very cool stuff. I like some of the vintage designs. Great stuff!!!!

  102. Megan says:

    Wow! I love this.

  103. Sara Hemmeke says:

    I love how the trunk of the tree becomes the branches – a beautiful design that inspires me to embroider a family tree. Thanks!

  104. Laura says:

    Sew beautiful and vibrant. I love embroidering and must give crewel embroidery a try.

  105. Bridget says:

    This reminds me of growing up in the late 70’s and my mom hand stitching things like this for the house. I love to see things that bring back happy memories. Thanks.

  106. Margaret says:

    Very sweet! I’ve never gone beyond cross stitch and the occasional simple embroidered decorations on knitted things, but this makes me think I ought to learn some new techniques!

  107. Jody says:

    Oh how beautiful!!!!

  108. Annika says:

    Oh my gosh, that is lovely! Note to self: look up crewel.

  109. Danielle says:

    Love it and now want to learn and copy it, you did an AMAZING JOB!

  110. Katie Mitchell says:

    This is the kind of embroidery I aspire to. So intricate. I hope I’m that good someday!

  111. jm says:


  112. D'Ann says:

    Cute embroidery. Is the pattern out somewhere in public domain? I love the pictures but I was really hoping for more instruction from this months posts. Am I missing a way to link to the instruction?

  113. sarah says:

    how beautiful! you do great work.

  114. Stacy says:

    That is gorgeous!!!

  115. Mary Anna says:

    Beautiful! I’d love to try my hand at embroidery. Maybe after I finish all these apron orders!

  116. Cathy says:

    This pattern reminds me of pieces my mother used to make for gifts years ago. It’s beautiful.

  117. carrie says:

    Oh my gosh, that is so wonderful. Beautiful work on a lovely design–there’s just something ineffable about vintage patterns like this that reproductions can’t quite capture. Where did you find it?

  118. juliecache says:

    My great-grandmother made a pillow in woolen crewel work, and the photo reminds me of it. Thanks for the memory.

  119. Elena says:

    wow, this is beautiful. I have just gotten into crewel but this intimidates me.

  120. Robin says:

    This is gorgeous! I would love to try out some new stitches!

  121. Brenda says:

    Great work! I love the colors! I really like the vintage patterns.

  122. Margie says:

    Oh thats so detailed & so very beautiful!!

  123. Amy says:

    I gasped when I saw this. Truly magnificent!

  124. brandy says:

    Oh man, I LOVE that! I must give this a try!

  125. Muriel says:

    That is lovely!!

  126. Rachael says:

    This is so pretty. I love the use of multiple stitches, it gives the piece so much texture.

  127. Ann says:

    Your piece is so beautiful! Crewel work reminds me of my childhood home – thanks for sharing it.

  128. Krystina says:

    I love the bright colors!

  129. becky says:

    Isn’t that beautiful! Bambi never had it so good.

  130. Meghan says:

    That is beautiful. I wish I could get my embroidery out.

  131. Corvus says:

    That’s gorgeous! What a tiny little faun.

  132. Lisa says:

    This is LOVELY! I’ve been wanting (for ages) to get into embroidery but never knew what kind I was looking for. I think this is it! Thank you!

  133. Need to Sew says:

    That is amazing! Absolutely lovely. One day I might be able to hand stitch like that.

  134. Erin says:

    I totally dig the crewel.

  135. Southern Gal says:

    This reminds me of my grandmother’s wall art. Lovely.

  136. Claire Tharp says:

    That is absolutely beautiful!

  137. Jo Garrett says:

    Wow. It’s so beautiful!!! Makes me want to start needlework again!

  138. jennsquared says:

    That is so pretty.

  139. Andrea says:

    just gorgeous! makes we want to start doing some right now!

  140. Sharna Reif says:

    I love all the hand stitching projects you have. Most of the embordary stuff I find now is for machine and I ike the hand stitching projects better. My mom did a scene very close to this design. it brings back many memories.

  141. Catarina says:

    so amazing!

  142. Natalie says:

    I really should pick up a Thesaurus… I need another word for “inspiring.”
    This hand work is beautiful and, sorry to repeat myself, but it is true: Inspiring.

  143. Julie says:

    I love the combination of the flowers and the tree in the design. Beautiful work.

  144. I love crewel embroidery and really enjoy the patterns that I find in old 60s & 70s books on the subject! Keep the daily pictures comin’ !

  145. Jane says:

    Oh how pretty! I feel myself being drawn more & more towards embroidery!

  146. morepjs says:

    That is absolutely lovely, I can’t tell you how inspiring all this hand sewing is…. just gorgeous.

  147. Andi says:

    I love this – wow! The flowers are absolutely gorgeous and the stitiching is beautiful.

  148. Kate says:

    Lovely!! I have just started embroidering again after years of absence and am really enjoying it (thanks for the inspiration, by the way). I used to love crewel especially. I’ll have to try it again!

  149. Tam Bell says:

    Stunning! and timeless…I’m in envy

  150. katie d says:

    I love it! Just the embroidery I am after!

  151. katherine says:

    I LOVE it! this is so sweet! I would love to learn embroidery /crewel and this pattern looks perfect to try different stitches. Thanks!

  152. Sharmila says:

    Beautiful. All i can say is am happy to be here:) I have done crewel embroidery only once as a child for my school project. It is still with me, my Mother traced it for me, and i did the stitches. This post made me nostalgic!! Thanks for showing this

  153. Tiina says:

    This is a lovely example how to use different techniques.

  154. Mindy says:

    Beautiful! I love the variety of stitches.

  155. Levityinbrevity says:

    That is super cute! I want that pattern!

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