Friday Flashback – Crewel Intentions – New Freebie Added

Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.

This week I am bringing you the Crewel Intentions collection.

I love this collection, and the bright and joyous look that you can achieve with these designs. I initially began looking at a crewel embroidery collection a few months before I began these designs, after I found a book of classic embroidery designs and stitches at mums place.  I borrowed the book, and had been attempting to re-create some of the beautiful stitches , and was finally happy with what I was creating.

The Crewel Intentions collection consists of 11 different crewel work designs, all based around a floral theme. In creating these designs, I have attempted to emulate some of the bost basic of embroidery stitches.  For example, in one design, I have a version of a lazy daisy stitch, whilst in another there is a simulated weave thread.

I really loved the texture that these designs created. With the different levels of stitch density, the designs manage to be quick to stitch, whilst still having a luxe look.  I also love the way that you can use very bright modern colours, and still have a design with a traditional look.  I am a huge fan of bright colours, and these designs look so amazing on a black background.

Once I had created the designs, there was naturally the question of how I was going to use the designs to best highlight them.

A friend of mine – Sue Templeton, was also a huge fan of these designs, and she and her then teenage granddaughter used them to create a gorgeous quilt. I always loved the colours for the fabrics that were chosen for this quilt, and how even using a traditional style design, you can create a very modern looking quilt.


For another project, I decided to create a makeup bag. These designs lent themselves very well for creating a continuous design, and I used these designs for creating a continuous look of design, around the side of a traditional looking makeup bag.


Another project that I created with these designs was a simple bag. I upped the luxury value of the bag by creating it in silks, and at the time I used colours to go with an outfit for a wedding (at this stage I still needed a reasonably large bag even when going out without the kids).


I really love the flexibility of these designs, having used them on quilts, bags, cushions, and t-shirts over the years, I can certainly say they are one of my most used design collections. Simply change out the colours to suit whatever you are co-ordinating with, and you will have designs that work perfectly.


crewel butterfly – free design


Initially we gave away a Crewelwork Butterfly HERE as a freebie with the Crewel Intentions designs. As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering a second Crewel Intentions design as a free download.  Simply click HERE to collect your copy.


free design available for the next two weeks on


Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.

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