The Crane – playing with silken thread, Part Two

Japanese Crane Design

Japanese Crane Design

Here is the Crane design, finished and ready to be mounted for display.

I picked a wooden pot from Framecraft Ltd. People who have been stitching for a long time may remember them as “Framecraft Miniatures”, and they were always a good source of silk gauze and other supplies for people interested in furnishing dolls’ houses. They also supply a huge variety of other items with spaces for inserting embroidery – you might remember my Homage To The Opal, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while.

View Of Crane Pot

View Of Crane Pot

Framecraft supply a plastic cover to protect the embroidery, but as my cousin isn’t the type of person to maul a piece of embroidery with sticky fingers, I decided she would probably prefer to see the embroidery properly. They also supply padding, but it is a light foam, and I substituted two layers of a very fine cotton wadding instead. The cotton wadding has a bit more substance to it, and created a nice firm dome, which looks much better when the embroidery is displayed without a plastic cover.

Crane In Place

Crane In Place

The colour changes and textural stitches keep the design from looking too stiff, but because the silk thread has a slightly matte appearance it looks soft and doesn’t dazzle the eye.

When my cousin took it home, she strolled around her house asking the Crane where he wanted to live. He chose the bedside table in the spare room, where his colours talk nicely with the wallpaper and the bedspread, and the wooden pot echoes the dark wooden bedhead and wardrobe.



  1. TErrie says:

    Such a lovely crane with stitches. The shape I love to make something with wool felt also.

  2. Lady Fi says:

    That crane is so elegant!

  3. Jules says:

    Oh I remember Framecraft! I had no idea they were still in business. The crane looks perfect in his new home.x

  4. Penny says:

    This is beyond lovely. You chose just the right way to display the stitching and it looks gorgeous in its new home.

  5. Janine says:

    It is so lovely! And it looks like it found just the perfect place to nest. Thank you for explaining the box and how you put it together. I am always trying to think of new ways to use embroidery pieces!

  6. It looks wonderful. Thanks for the link to Framecraft – I have saved it to browse through later.

  7. Janice says:

    Looks great, Rachel. And your cousin has displayed it perfectly, as she always does.

  8. Carolyn says:

    That is a lovely gift and looks as though it has gone to someone who appreciates it. That always makes the stitching more worthwhile.

  9. Sue Jones says:

    The crane looks beautiful in its wooden pot. Your friend will treasure that gift.

  10. karen says:

    good choices Rachel, leaving off the plastic cover and substituting the foam backing. It’s stunning and of course beautifully stitched.

  11. That’s gorgeous! He fits perfectly with that pot. I might have to look into those, they seem like a cute way of displaying work and would be an awesome present.

  12. Anita says:

    It’s beautiful.lovely texture! To give this lovely piece of work to someone who appreciate is the best and your cousin has displayed it beautifully.