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Crewel Work

Crewel work is worked in fine " crewel 2 ply wool " on linen in its traditional form.  It was popular in 17th century and earliest forms of English surface embroidery, which is also sometimes known as " Jacobean Embroidery ". Crewel work patterns are bold,stylized flowers, birds, animals, trees, insects which links back to Elizabethan era of working style.

                  Most of the design is worked with " laid work " across the pattern from one side to other with only small stitch on back of fabric and then these laid stitch are held with couching , later finishing is done with stem stitch across the pattern.

            Most famous piece of  Crewel work is " Bayeux Tapestry ", commemorate the battle of 1066 between Britons and Normans using only eight shades of wool on linen.

             Above my work is done using cotton threads and not with wool. Many embroider say if a crewel work is not worked with wool, just say it as surfac…