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Monday, January 30, 2012

Crewel



This is a crewel pillow my mother did decades ago. It is sewn on lovely oatmeal linen with wool that makes me think of Spring.


This is a footstool with a crewel top. My mother started this and I finished it. This was a kit offered by Family Circle Magazine...it included the pattern on linen, the wool, and the little wooden stool. I bought it for my mother as a Christmas gift...decades ago.

A few months ago I went on a search for a good crewel kit and found this...


This is  a kit from The Crewel Work Company in England. Everything was included in the kit , except the frame. I was able to work on it a little bit on our recent trip...


It will work up quickly, and crewel is a forgiving medium...that's a plus. Now I just have to find the time.

Anyone else like crewel? I have a feeling it has been bumped from favor by many other needle arts.

                                                                    Enjoy the day,
                                                                        Robyn



11 comments:

  1. Hi Robyn,
    How lovely your pieces are!! I don't do crewel myself, but do love the look and have several wonderful books about this almost lost art!
    Your new piece is so sweet and goes perfectly with your little friend!
    Happy Stitching~~
    Julie

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  2. ...I do love crewel and yours is just beautiful! And you are correct, it is a very forgiving medium which is one of the reasons I love it and not to mention it's history.

    ...Thank you for sharing! And that lil' squirrel there, did you make that or is that taxidermy? Hard to tell but either way - cute. :o)

    ...Blessings

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  3. I used to do crewel years ago and always enjoyed it. You have inspired me to give it another try! I love all of your beautiful pieces and look forward to seeing the little squirrel when he is done.
    Have a wonderful stitching day:)
    Sandy

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  4. Such gorgeous pieces! That footstool is my favorite! I learned crewel embroidery as a child, but I was never very good at it. I've never felt any interest in trying it again. lol!

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    1. Margaret, as skilled as you are with a needle I am sure you could master crewel in no time...you should give it another try.

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  5. Thanks so much for your kind comments Julie, tj and Sandy. tj...the little squirrel is just a little stuffed toy my daughter and I bought last week in Georgia. He is so real looking that we have been having a lot of fun fooling people.
    Thanks for coming by,
    Robyn

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  6. Robyn ~ What beautiful crewel pieces!
    I did a bit of crewel a LOOOOOOOONG time ago, but never really did enjoy it.
    Hugs :)
    Lauren

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  7. I used to do crewel in high school. I worked for a woman in a lovely inn who did beautiful crewel work. I could never get my stitches as perfect as hers. It made me so crazy! LOL
    I still have a couple of little pillows. Your mom's work is gorgeous. And that new pattern looks like fun!
    Hugs,
    Courtney

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  8. I used to do crewel in high school. I worked for a woman in an inn who did wonderful crewel work. I could never make my stitches as perfect as hers. It made me crazy. LOL I still have a couple of little pillows.
    Your mother's work is gorgeous and that new pattern of yours looks fun!
    Hugs,
    Courtney

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  9. Robyn ~
    Well, blogger said my comment was published, but I don't know where...lol!
    Your crewel is gorgeous. I did a little crewel a LOOOOOONG time ago but never really did enjoy it.
    Pug hugs :)
    Lauren

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  10. I am so glad to see crewel work out of the closet! I love crewel work and recently found an old kit. I, too, am working on it. Why doesn't someone design an updated version. All the kits at Michael's are for cats and silly stuff!
    I did a kit years ago of a huge sunflower...it must have had a hundred french knots. I still have it and it has been moved across country at least seven times. It is not currently on the wall, but it is still in good shape waiting for green and harvest gold to come back! Love your blog. Lee

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