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Crimson Chat Stumpwork

Crimson Chat Stumpwork
Crimson Chat Stumpwork
Designed by Jean Fletcher
Design size: 4" x 5"

Australian embroiderer Jean Fletcher created this stumpwork piece using Kreinik Silk Mori. The silk captures the subtle luminescence of a real bird's feathers. Here Jean walks us through stumpwork techniques as an introduction to this wonderful, dimensional art form. For additional information on stumpwork, ask your local needlework shop staff, or explore one of the many books on stumpwork. Jean was inspired by the flora and fauna of Australia, seen in her two books "Stumpwork the Australian Way" and "Our Stumpwork World," and she annually taught here in the United States. Jean recently passed away, but we are thankful to be able to share this charming piece of her work with you.

Materials needed:

  • Kreinik Silk Mori in 1114, 2024, 4033, 4206, 5203, 5204, 7014, 8077, 8000

  • Kreinik Very Fine (#4) Braid in 005

  • Background fabric: 12" x 12" (Jean used a satinised cotton curtain fabric, but any firm, smooth, closely-woven fabric should be suitable)

  • Calico or quilter's muslin, 12" x 12"

  • Calico or quilter's muslin 6" x 6"

  • Light gray or light brown craft felt, 4" x 4"

  • 3" x 14" lengths of 30-gauge white cake decorator's wire or other fine paper-covered wire

  • 1 black seed bead (for the bird's eye)

  • Fine crewel needle

  • Large chenille needle

  • 7-10" embroidery hoop

  • 4" embroidery hoop

  • small, sharp embroidery scissors

  • old scissors or wire cutters


Click here to downloadthe graphs and instructions for this pattern. If you have problemsdownloading the project, receive a copy by sending a #10 self-addressed, stampedenvelope to: English Bouquet Crimson Chart Stumpwork, P.O. Box 1258, Parkersburg, WV 26102.