Sunday, March 18, 2012

Inspiration: Crewel Embroidery

The Martha Stewart employee tag sale is always a dangerous day for me. Forget for one moment that one of my resolutions this year was to stop buying craft supplies, and take a look at this beauty that I got at the sale for 25 cents.

The tag says "Hand-embroidered crewel." I own crewel kits and The New Crewel book, a gift from my cousin and his wife this past Christmas, but I haven't had the patience to sit down and try it. Seeing this embroidery in person is really inspiring.




Have you tried crewel? Reassure me. Tell me it's awesome.

5 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful kit! Crewel is easy and way faster than embroidery with embroidery thread. You could substitute satin stitch in places just to speed things up a bit.

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    1. you have reassured me as well. i really hope it's easier that embroidery because i've been wanting to pick it up. there's just too many things to learn. right now i'm hooked on quilting....

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  2. Crewel work is easier than embroidery and I'm sure you will love it. Beautiful kit.

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  3. QUESTION: Do you know anything about turning a piece like this into a pillow or something other than what it started out as? I have some of my mother's crewel work and would love to do it (pro would have to do it ... I can't sew :/...) but am looking for anyone who may have tried it. ABOUT CREWEL: My family has always loved it; said it's easier than embroidery. I'm a needlepoint lover learning to embroider so what can I tell ya? Found your blog through Zen of Making -- look forward to reading in 2013 (if you're still posting). Best to you! Molly in Florida

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    1. Hi Molly! I would sew the crewel work into a pillow cover and then slip it over a pillow insert. I've never tried it, but I think it's a great idea for memorykeeping you can look at and enjoy every day!

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