Now that the festive season is over, it’s time to set some new goals for the year ahead. Being a creative, it’s always exciting to take some time out to think about what I’d like to learn and spend more time doing. Tambour embroidery is definitely one of my favourite activities whether it’s just keeping up the practice on a spontaneous experimental project or learning a new technique to expand my embroidery repertoire.
Last year I took some time to learn crochet de Beauvais. This form of chain stitch embroidery utilises crochet de Luneville but without beads and sequins. The technique produces filled areas of beautiful shading in a variety of colours much like shading embroidery is produced using the satin stitch.
Just like crochet de Luneville, crochet de Beauvais is not an easy technique to learn. To achieve shading using this technique it’s necessary to understand how to fill an area by stitching different coloured threads in the work.
I spent some time researching and practicing the technique. Here’s a unfinished sample I made.
As you can see, the work results in many thread tails. These are carefully worked into the chain stitching until the area is filled. These pastel threads produce a lovely pattern of colour. You could produce a more shaded effect using colours within one colour spectrum. A colour wheel and thread shade chart is great for this.
Here’s an example of a colour palette for an image I took of a beautiful miniature Gerbera. The petals of this Gerbera could be embroidered (preferably on a large scale) using crochet de Beauvais and a combination of threads from a matching colour palette. Always check the colour chart of your intended threads to find the correct shades of colour for your project.
Hand embroiderer Trish Burr is renown for her shaded embroidery. Her work is truly stunning and inspiring. One of her books – Colour Confidence in Embroidery is a wonderful resource for shaded crochet de Beauvais. Included are detailed colour charts and samples showing the effects that can be achieved. This technique can be applied to crochet de Beauvais and I highly recommend purchasing her book.
If you feel inspired to learn this technique, I’m offering a 10% discount on my beginner tambour embroidery classes this month. To take advantage of this offer, all you have to do is subscribe to my Newsletter and follow the instructions in my January 2018 issue. This offer is only valid online in the Mooshi Couture checkout. Conditions apply. The offer expires on 31 January 2018.
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