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Crewel affords the individual needleartist a tremendous amount of freedom to be part of the creative process and amend or adapt designs to better suit one's purposes.
Crewel is not limited to adorning cushions or hanging framed on walls. Because the original cartoon is a simple line drawing, the needleartist is, with the aid of tracing vellum, free to create a range of related designs for a variety of purposes.
To illustrate some of the many variations possible from a single design, we provide at left the cartoon for the TALLIAFERRO Royal Persian Blossom design.
In its original iteration, it is well-suited for a cushion or a framed work. Enlarged by one-quarter to one-half, it is suitable to adorn the upholstery of a large ottoman/coffee table.
By extrapolating the right-hand stem, leaf, and small blossoms, one may create a smaller work that is apt for decorating a number of home accessories, such as a tea cozy, or worked as small, mirror-image decorative pillows.
Reduced even further, it is an appropriate design for the top of
a decorative padded box.
Tracing vellum and access to a copier with the capacity to
reduce and enlarge
allows the needleartist to
inject her or his own imagination and adapt and amend designs for
a wide varety of purposes.
By doubling the design created above, and flipping the two halves to face away from one another, one can make a lovely table ceterpiece, an ottoman/coffee table, a duvet cover, or the frame for a birth announcement,
depending upon the size.
By doubling and marrying the twisted stem motif, one can adorn anything from the yoke of a dress to the upholstery of a loveseat, depending upon how large or small the pattern is sized.
If one duplicates the entire original design, then flips the duplication and marries it to the original, one creates a dramatic work that is suitable for a wall hanging, table runner, or a tall chair back--breathtaking however one applies it.
By doubling and then twisting the stem motif, one has created a marvelous design for drapery tie-backs.
By doubling the stem motif, marrying the two facing away from one another, and enlarging it, one has created a dramatic design for the padded headboard of a single bed, or, at a reduced size, the top of a tie-on cushion for a favorite rocking chair.
Below, we deomonstrate how to extrapolate elements of an original design by tracing them onto tracing vellum, and then using your own imagination to create new designs. It's simple and allows the needleartist to inject her own creative imagination into her work.
By quadrupling the original design one has an impressive large design, suitable for a canopy or duvet cover.