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Crewel Work


Crewel Work
« on: January 11, 2022, 16:23:24 PM »
Does anyone do this? I think I would like to give it a try but am unsure as to what bits of equipment, such as hoops and frames are essential.
Any tips on execution, suppliers, kits etc welcome
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Re: Crewel Work
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2022, 16:34:26 PM »
I do.  I have a large ongoing project that I sometimes work on in the evenings.  This is the kit that I have:

It's by Jane Rainbow and the wools are (I think) Appletons, both of which I rate highly.

I also made this much simpler cushion cover a few years ago - it has faded because it's been in the conservatory.

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Re: Crewel Work
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2022, 16:38:28 PM »
wasn't there a thread on something like this recently .. with a selection of very nice kits?
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Re: Crewel Work
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2022, 18:23:23 PM »
Yes and it was you @Iminei that started it here is a link.,13865.0.html

Thank you @Celia
« Last Edit: January 12, 2022, 06:48:40 AM by Iminei »

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Re: Crewel Work
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2022, 19:39:12 PM »
@Lowena it's been ages so I know nothing about current kits, etc. It's simple to do and relaxing. Supplies are simple and basic. Linen fabric, large embroidery needles sometimes actually sold as crewel needles, whatever size frame or hoop suits your project and wool crewel embroidery yarn. My 10 year old self did a fair bit of it as my mother did quite a lot of it.

I think you'll enjoy it.


Re: Crewel Work
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2022, 22:22:42 PM »
@Lowena I have literally just purchased  my first lot of crewel wool to have a go at the unicorn stocking that is a free download from the crewel work company.  I am also looking to have a go at something more exciting if all goes well with that!
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Re: Crewel Work
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2022, 08:04:04 AM »
@Lowena. Have you considered Tambour embroidery using a hook or there are many Indian embroidery patterns using an awl.

Using wool, embroidery, silk, metallic threads etc. It can be a much speedier process than crewel embroidery. Some excellent videos on youtube.