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Miranda's Crewel Mushrooms

I love mushrooms- the way they decompose things tirelessly, the way they spring out of nowhere when it's damp. My favorite thing about them is their wild variety of textures and colors. When we got the Custom House crewel embroidery kits by Blanche Virgien, it was obvious which one I was going to do. Behold the Violet Cortionarious and Bird's Nest Mushrooms kit and the, still in progress Morel Mushrooms kit.

I finished the Violet Cortionarious and Bird's Nest Mushrooms kit a while back and had honestly forgotten about it! It's done and it looks great! Finding this one made me want to make another though, so I picked up the Morel Mushrooms kit and I am getting very close to finishing it too. They are going to make a delightful little pair hanging on my wall together.

Crewel embroidery is really fun because you don't have to be as precise as you do with other needlework. The fluffy wool easily covers the lines you stitch over.

Whew! The texture on the morels is triangles and triangles, layered on top of more triangles. While I was stitching the first layer, I may have lost the original triangles, but it's going to work just fine! Just four more colors to go!

Almost equal with my love of the fungi kingdom? My love of vintage style. These patterns are little time capsules – the morel kits are from 1981. Gold, rust, avocado greens all look great when you're stitching a forest floor scene.

Give crewel embroidery a shot! You're going to love stitching the fluffy, puffy textures of mushrooms!

Comments on this post (2)

  • Feb 16, 2023

    Hi Becca, I’m so sorry to say that the designer, Blanche Virgien passed away just months after our blog post on this in 2016. We no longer carry the kits, but you may have some luck contacting Custom House of Needle Arts for some if they still have them.

    — Fancy Tiger Crafts

  • Feb 16, 2023

    I’m very interested in trying out the morel mushroom one and the link you have above isn’t working. Any way you can help me out?

    — Becca

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