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Eighth Day of Christmas: Beautiful Range of Wool Threads


After today, only four more days of this 12 Days of Christmas give-away series! It’s been a lot of fun reading all the incoming comments – and a lot more reading than I realized it would be when I conceived this whole plan. I love hearing other people’s thoughts about needlework!

These last five days promise some really fun stuff, so I hope you’re still hanging in here with me!

Today’s give-away is courtesy of Renaissance Dyeing, a company devoted to creating natural plant-dyed wool yarns and threads for needlework. Renaissance Dyeing produces a beautiful range of threads for crewel embroidery. They are a pleasure to stitch with, smooth and soft, and the colors are fabulous! I used quite a few of Renaissance Dyeing’s crewel wools in my crewel rooster project, way back when. It’s a great thread to work with!

Renaissance Dyeing Crewel Wool - Elizabethan Range

The winner of today’s give-away will receive the Elizabethan Range from Renaissance Dyeing. This is a range of 27 skeins of wool, dyed using mordants and natural dyes available in the 16th century. The thread is 100% lambs wool and has a nice soft sheen and good coverage. It is a smooth thread, not prone to pilling. And – we’re talking about 27 beautiful colors here!

If you’ve ever wanted to create your own 16th century bed coverlet covered with Jacobean embroidery, you can start with these.

If you are interested in the whole question of hand-dyed threads the “old fashioned” way, you might take a look at the article on woad dyeing in the south of France that Andie wrote for Needle ‘n Thread last September. It’s interesting stuff!

Renaissance Dyeing also carries some gorgeous knitting kits! I’m not an avid knitter, myself, and nowhere good enough to knit up any of these, but I do love beautifully knitted items! Take, for example, these socks and this tam. They make me want to learn to really knit – they’re darling! Maybe that should be a new year’s resolution! (Along with all the other ones I’m bound to break!)

Give-Away Instructions

Today’s eighth day of Christmas give-away winner will receive the Elizabethan Range of crewel wool from Renaissance Dyeing. Please follow these (simple) instructions to be eligible:

1. Leave a comment at the end of today’s article. If you click on this link, it will take you directly to the comment area, so that there are no mishaps! Comments delivered via e-mail or on other articles will not be included in the give-away.

2. In your comment, answer the following question:

So, do you want this range because you’re a 16th / 17th century embroidery fan? Or just because they’re nice wools in pretty colors? (It’s ok to admit either one – I would personally fall in the latter category, I think!)

3. Make sure you leave a recognizable name either in the body of your comment, or on the “name” line above the comment box. For example, if your name happens to be Elizabeth, you might include a last initial or a location to differentiate yourself from any other Elizabeth that might join in.

4. Leave your comment before January 9th, 2012, at 5:00 am Central Standard Time (Kansas, USA!). All winners for this series will be selected on January 9th, and announced that day here on Needle ‘n Thread. You’ll have to check back on January 9th to see if you’ve won, because the winners will need to contact me within 3 days to claim their prizes. The Give-Away is Now Closed. Thanks for your interest!

Merry Eighth Day of Christmas!

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  1. My local branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild has just started planning a Jacobean project. If I were fortunate to win these beautiful threads, they would go to this project.

  2. These are gorgeous wools; color and texture, I’d love to use them. I went to the site and read through the description of the range. I laughed out loud at the final comment “We have spared you the dubious honour of producing your hand dyed wool or embroidery thread work in colours such as ‘puke’, ‘dead Spaniard’ and ‘goose-turd-green'”

  3. I would like to enter this giveaway because they’re nice wools in pretty colors. I do think that they are gorgeous colors and I would love to work with them. Thanks.

  4. What a wondelful wool collection , I would like to win this to make a gift for my consultant who is going on retirement.

  5. I’m a fan of 16th/17th century embroidery fan and have beautiful patterns to use these beautiful wool threads! Thank you Mary and Renaissance Dyeing for offering this beautiful gift.

  6. I love the softness of the range of colours. I have done some crewel work before and historical embroidery does interest me.

  7. Oh, Mary! I am newer to embroidery, but am loving adding hand embroidery to my quilts, I am a huge history gal, would love to do a jobean reproduction quilt, and, ooh, ooh, love, love, love those colors! when folks ask me what my favorite color is, I usually reply, yes! I have never worked with wool, but might as well start with the best, yes?

  8. Oh, Mary!

    I am a Jacobean style embroiderer (well, that’s the style that most appeal to me) and I absolutely love crewel embroidery. As a matter of fact I tried ordering from the Renaissance Embroidery website and kept getting an error.

    The wools are pretty, but I have to admit that I have bought countless of books on “Jacobean or Elizabethan” type embroidery and to that is what I dedicate myself the most.



  9. I love crewel embroidery and it would be wonderful to have such a wide variety of threads to use. Thank you for the opportunity.

  10. Wow!!!! Lovely wool threads in fabulous color range – sure to get you started on a crewel embroidery project of 16th or 17th century

  11. I LOVE Jacobean designs and would very much enjoy these threads in order to begin a project I’ve had rumbling around in my brain for a while. Thanks for the exquisite photos you show us on your website. Ypu are not just an accomplished needlewoman but are computer and camera savvy.

  12. All the colours are fabulous and I think any project worked with them would turn out great. I hope I get the oportunity to try them out.

    Thanks a lot.


  13. OK,honestly I would use this for purely medicinal purposes. Who wouldn’t get a lift viewing these or be calmed by gently stroking/touching the skeins. Winter can be long,cold, and dark. This rainbow gift is for the soul and mental well being of a stitcher–much better for the body than chocolate or red wine!

  14. Bonjour Mary,
    YES,YES I am drooling over this giveaway…l6th -l7th century embroidery, not for me,,,color, wool, thread, all for me.
    I am a visuel person and colors are a magnet to me. I look at all the sites you mention and dream and dream…. excellent giveaway.
    Thanks Mary.
    France from Canada.

  15. Swoon! I’m definitely in the love to own because of the colors category. I have hand dyed cotton fabric in a rainbow of colors and just looking at those gorgeous colors lifts my heart. I’m taking part in Sharon B’s TAST this year so having lots of different threads to work with is definitely on my list. Mary, your prizes just keep getting better and better. Thanks for the inspiration and fun!

  16. Its the colours, just the colours, I could lie and say Im really into crewel work and this collection would enrich my designs, but it would be a big fat stinker of a lie. I want to win cos its sooo pretty. I would use the wools if I won though, I wouldnt just sit looking at them, honest!!

  17. These are gorgeous–and I want them for both reasons–plus, I quilt and would love to use these for embellishing my wool quilts–thank you!


  18. Definitely a color junkie! I have used crewel embroidery thread to knit bookmarks and I would love the chance to use this fancy thread on a lace mini-masterpiece. Thanks for showing us the range of possibilities in the stitching world!

  19. Beautiful threads. I would like to win these threads simply because they are wool. There is just something about stitching with wool. Like butter, I tell you! The colors are just an extra bonus and I appreciate the dyeing process.
    Thank you for an opportunity to win!

  20. Wow! This is like paint chips! Yes, the colors are awesome and I could do alot with them. Crewel embroidery is great but the colors are better. Would love to win the rainbow of wool threads! Happy New Year to all!

  21. In answer to the question, I have to say both! But what I’m really interested in the natural vegetable dyes/mordants process. At one time, I decided to grow some different kinds of flowers that were going to produce dye for fabric. I planted and grew several kinds – but come to find out, not near enough!!! It takes a lot of plant material to produce dye! So, I finally had to admit defeat as I didn’t have acres, only a few flower beds and just admire them as flowers 🙂 Karen Gass

  22. What yummy colours. I fall into the second category but I do like to knit socks. Not as elaborate as the ones in the kit though. They would be too hard on my wrists and I need to save them for crazy quilting stitching

  23. Sincerely I only would like to touch a non DMC wool,I’m not fond of wool embroidery so far…
    don’t count with in this giveaway – I’ve not any wool project for next times

  24. Mary,
    Have always liked the look of Jacobean stitching, but it’s not what I stitch. Yes, they are beautiful colors. Would love to try these threads on canvas.
    Took a brief look at the kits. Yummy! I knit and crochet,but have never knitted socks. This may be the year to start the Kilim socks caught my eye. And the Hall of Fire and Roman de la Rose tams…

  25. I belong to both category,but more of latter.It would be such a pleasure to own some of those gorgeous wools!!

    A very happy new year to you..


  26. Love, Love Love 16th/17th century embroidery and there is nothing as elegant as wool thread for this type of project. Wool thread gives the piece a rich and superior quality about it. Using wool thread shows there was much forethought and care given to the piece. The beautiful colors are equally important. The piece would not be complete without outstanding colors. It would be my greatest pleasure to try a piece like this with the beautiful range of colors available.

  27. oh wow, I love this offering. I love wool, I love hand dyes, and I am in love with this collection since it is from the 17th century. thank you so much for the chance. Kathy in Missouri

  28. What beautiful colors and it sounds like the yarn handles well. I would love to do an embroidery piece in the Elizabethan theme. I made a sampler using silk on old linen and it is lovely, my favorite piece. Using this yarn would by wonderful if not in a full coverlet, a pillow covering, something useful.

  29. I would like them because they are range of colors and they are quality thread.. some day i like to a Jacobean flower.

    Joanie M in W. Tn

  30. This is kismet!! Just moments ago I was looking at crewel woolens, having decided that January is going to be “crewel month” for me. I love the colors and feel of crewel wool, and one goal is to adapt some William Morris designs for crewel. I recently received Tanya Berlin’s pick and pounce set up and having these yarns to add to my projects would keep me very happy during the harsh winter months here in Maine.


  31. The fact that they’re dyed using 16th century techniques draws me in. That they’re beautiful hooks me.

  32. G’day Mary,
    Well, my interest quickens when I see any ‘older’ embroidery and I do love to squiz through books that have any semblance of embroidered costumery from the gracious ages. Also, the books on Elizabethan embroidery projects have me delightedly enthralled, so without realising it, I think I must be a fan of that era. Just simply, the colours rainbowed out like that, in all innocence of making any mental disturbance to the right side of my brain, are tantalizing me.
    Having said that though, the first item to catch my eye just now on the Renaissance Dyeing site was the Bohemian Rhapsody scarf/wrap in crochet. I so love it, colours, design, everything. Quite a time warp between the Eliz era and the Bohemian uprising. I’ve always maintained I am a contradiction so at least I seem to be consistant in being inconsistant!
    A very kindly thank you to Renaissance Dyeing and yourself, Mary for making this special giveaway possible.
    Cheers, Kath from Oz.

    ps: the scissors yesterday, I do have a nice few good, modern embroidery and dressmaking scissors. I was only thinking of the rustic ones as my only collectable ones now. Just didn’t want you to think they were all I have for my embroidery!

  33. I’ve not tried these wools but they look luscious. I want them because I love the colors. Although I like 16 th and 17th century embroidery I don’t do a lot of it.

  34. I’m currently stitching a crewel needlecase (the one you’d advertised with the birds) and I love this wool. Would love to win the yarn and do more of this type of work.

  35. Oh they are lovely and I want them both because they’re beautiful and I would love to make, say, something from Thistle Threads with them – like their Casket Needlecase or perhaps something smaller in keeping with the Jacobean era. Did I say they’re beautiful? The colours are astounding and it would be really satisfying to make something authentic with them. Did I say they’re beautiful? Oh please, please, please pick me!!!

  36. Well, I am a fan of embroidery regardless of the century…but, the colors are my main draw. I have been wanting to do a wool crazy quilt project, and think that doing wool embroidery for that would be stupendous.

  37. I want this range to add to my stash because of the colors. I really like having new “things and stuff” in my stash — never bored over here. Or, I would give them to a friend who is a history buff and crafter.

  38. I love the wool because of the pretty colors. I would love to branch out into larger crewel projects and this would give me that jump start!

  39. Hi Mary,
    These are beautiful colors…
    I have long been wanting to stitch a crewel firescreen – tree of life design and I would love to incorporate different types of wools …if I win this then perhaps it will be the impetus to design my piece and get started on it as my first new start for 2012!

  40. Oh my! I’ve been wanting some of the Renaissance wools ever since I first heard of them. Such lovely colors! And while I do like the old embroideries immensely, it is the beautiful shades of these yarns thatI find most compelling.

  41. I like the beautiful colors… would use to display on hearth and maybe try some needle work…

  42. Hi Mary,
    Please consider me a 16th & 17th century gal.

    From one of my favourite books by Gail Marsh – 18th Century Embroidery Techniques (page 19)- ‘… And send mee a fine cotton for a gown with cinnamon of yellowish ground flowered very handsomely with shades of colours, & enough for another gown of fashionable cotton with a whole ground flowered with colours, of a crown a yard.’
    Elizabeth Purefoy to Anne Baxter, Linen Draper, 1753.

    So I would love you to send me such beautiful ‘shades of colours’! Ehat a fabulous opportunity, thanks
    Chris from Australia

  43. My interest is the dyeing and colours achieved as I do like natural dyes. I do have a small floral Elizabethan sampler I could try this on.

    So yes I would like to win this beautiful set of Renaissance Dyeing wool skiens.

    thank you again Mary for another lovely lucky dip.

  44. Just because they’re nice wools in pretty colors?

    And because on the back burner have a ren headpiece with embroidery ruminating in my head. Winning these awesome yarns might push that thought to the fron burner. 😀

    Thanks again for a delightful 12 day giveaway.

  45. I would like these because they are beautiful colors and your description makes them sound lovely to work with. I am always eager to add to my thread stash for crazy quilting and other embroidery. I am attracted to Jacobian embroidery, too.

  46. What beautiful yarn! I always look forward to receiving your emails each morning and can’t tell you how much I have learned. Thank you for sharing your talent and knowledge! Carolyn

  47. Hi Mary, I so enjoy finding out what you are giving away every day. I have not joined all the give-aways, since some of the items are out of my range of interests.
    I love the colours of these crewel yarns, and I have done costuming for the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronisms). But mainly I am interested in the wool for the colours and the chance to try out crewel embroidery.

  48. I haven’t done a crewel project in years, but who wouldn’t be tempted by those beautiful colors!

  49. It’s the eight day of christmas, my true love said to me…….that is what this competition does to me….makes me want to sing…….and I am.

    Being fascinated with natural fibres, as I am, this little collection makes me drool with envy at the lucky lady who wins this…. OHHHH the joy of getting a whole collection of delicious colours in one go.

    I don’t have a reason, as such for why I want to win because if I live to be 150 I still won’t have learnt all there is to learn about this beautiful “thing” we are all so passionate about. I am in the process of looking for embroidery designs from the internet, from the antique to the modern. I want to do it all. I am currently doing a sampler book of linen with each page and different technique, mostly silk on linen, but also cotton on linen and wool on linen…………..each page will be a bit of a story, it is very exciting……….

  50. Thnaks so much for all the beautiful trips trough embroidery and not anyone. I am a fan of embroidery in general and the prestigious 16th and 17th one.The threds are so beautiful also.I hope I ‘ll be among the winners.

  51. I’d love this set of wools. We can’t get them here in the UK so I would be one up on my stitching friends. Like you I love the feel of wools and love the colours. Gosh my mind is whirring now with thought as how to use them.

  52. Thanks Mary, these 12 days of Christmas is so much fun I enjoy opening a new gift from you each day, even if I don’t win.

    For me Mary it would be, 16th / 17th century embroidery fan. I remember my dad telling me..
    “Betty I don’t know where we got you from, I think you were born to the wrong century.” They are also very nice wools in pretty colors.
    I just love them!

  53. I am a 16th/17th Century embroidery fan, but I’d buy them for the colors. Lucious, to say the least!

    Thanks for the great giveaways!

  54. Hi Mary!
    Good question!The colors are lovely!I must admit that I’m not a fan of 16th/17th century embroidery.But I like learning those techniques.I’ve started working with wool (embroidery)only recently.When I read some blogs/books about crewel embroidery each author prefers a particular brand than the others.I was confused,so I thought of trying out different brands and come to my own conclusion:).I’ve not yet worked with Renaissance Dyeing’s Elizabethan range of crewel wool.If I win this I’ll be so happy to work a Jacobean embroidery-a panel or a bell pull.keeping my fingers crossed.Thank you so much for these wonderful give-aways.


  55. I would just love to try these threads. They are Beautiful. What a wonderful prize!!!!

  56. Well, in all honesty, I’d like these wools because they are so very pretty BUT, I also have a hankering to try stitching the crewel rooster (I LOVE working french knots and I think they are really effective on the cocks comb) so these wools would give me a kick-start. The only problem is they look so beautiful laid out in the picture that I almost feel it would be a shame to break them open. Maybe I could just keep them as they are and look at them as a work of art in themselves… but that would be a terrible waste!

  57. The wool threads are beautiful and the article on how they are dyed is very interesting. I like the threads because of the colors. I have never stitched with the Renaissance Crewel wool and would like to try it.

  58. Ooohh yummm!! I would like to win these wools because of the gorgeous colours!! The wool sounds delicious as well – and look at the sheen in the photo…. swoon!

    Thank you yet again, Mary!!

  59. I laugh when I think of all the broken resolutions for stitchers! If LIFE didn’t interfere, we might GET all our planned stitching done. But it never works out that way, and I think most of us end up the year with more UFO’s than we began!! For 2012, just keep your wonderful emails coming. We all love them very very much!!
    Joyce Harrison

  60. i don’t know enough about this time period of embroidery. i have seen some jacobean kits that are gorgeous so it would be nice to do one eventually. I would like these threads as a starter point to someday doing one. plus, they’re lovely.

    d. altieri

  61. Hi Mary,

    As I do like to work with my hands and create something – it doesnot matter if it is needlework or gardening.
    To me history is very interresting specially how things were done and created. I must atmit the coulors is very beatiful.

    Heleen Botha
    South Africa

  62. Good Morning! I’m a fan of crewel wool fibers but not necessarily 16th/17th century embroidery. Wool fibers are great to work with (I’m also a knitter) for both texture and color. Thank you.

  63. Hi Mary and Happy New Year to all!

    I would desire to have this range of beautiful wools because I love Jacobean embroidery designs from the 16th century. The color palette of these wools is perfect for this type of needlework. It’s beautiful!

    Jan B. from Florida

  64. Now these are awesome! As to which I would want them for, while I a big fan of 16th/17th century crewel, the colors are so beautiful, and what a range of them, this time I believe it is the colors that hit me! I have a couple of nice Jacobean designs that cry out for these colors. Barb

  65. I am into Elizabethan Embroidery at present as I have always wanted to explore crewel work further, Howerer, the colour range is so beautiful that I could use a fine wool for any type of wool work. The colours give endless posibilities

  66. Hi Mary,

    I would love to win this collection of wool threads. Although it would be fun to do, I am not as interested in working a 16/17 century piece as I am in working with the wools in all of those glorious colours.

    I enjoyed working with the wool in the Nesting Place class and would like to experiment more with wool embroidery.

  67. Happy New Year !
    I would like to win these beautiful threads only because:
    – they are beautiful
    – I need them
    – I have room for them
    – wool threads are magical
    – you can never have too many

  68. I’m not a fan of the 16th century embroidery. But I sure do love these colors. I just love looking at such pretty colors all in a row. And nothing feels better when stitching than good quality threads

  69. I am too new to the wonderful world of embroidery to know whether or not I’m a 16th & 17th century embroidery fan. I am curious, though, to see some of the Taliaferro designs in these colors.

  70. I was really struck by the beautiful colours of these wools. My fingers get itchy – raring to stitch with them – just by looking at them. What a superb collection for anyone’s thread stash! I have stitched using wool but not for quite some time now – maybe I should begin again!

  71. Both! I *adore* Jacobean embroidery and want to do it, and the colors in the giveaway are just gorgeous! I am participating in TAST and CQJP this year,and those would make lovely additions to my work 🙂

  72. I want this range because they’re nice wools in pretty colors, and they would offer the perfect chance to try jacobean embroidery, that is something that I’ve been dying to do.
    Thank you and have a wonderful day!!
    Libertad from Argentina

  73. I am most definitely a fan of the Tudor,Jacobean,Stuart,Georgian styles of embroidery. Imagine if our clothes and furnishings today were embellished in such a way. Embroidery would not be an art form struggling to survive in a hectic word.

  74. I can’t claim to know anything about 16th or 17th century embroidery – so I’m going with the pretty colours. I’m new to crewel and I love it, I’d love these wools so I can get going on more crewel projects once the kit I’m doing is finished

  75. The socks and tam are beautiful but I cannot imagine putting so much time and efforts knitting items only to hide them in boots or coat pockets. So, I would prefer using these pretty colors for embroidery, perhaps a landscape or a bouquet of flowers. Thanks again for these wonderful gifts.

  76. As I have said before, I have not done much handwork lately…but with this wonderful collection of wools, surely it would be an added incentive to start again. I do love the colors but have never worked with this type of threads.

    Debi in MS

  77. Hi Mary,

    They’re BEAUTIFUL! I’m a bit of both – I like the techniques of 16/17th century embroidery, but while I love to look at genuine examples of it, I prefer to stitch somewhat more modern (and in perspective) pieces! So if I won I think I’d use the wools in a project using traditional crewel techniques, but not a traditional crewel picture. It would also be fun to experiment with them using needle-painting although obviously you wouldn’t get the painterly effect of stranded cotton or silk.

  78. Mary, I would love these because of their beauty and would incorporate them into a crewel or blanket embroidery type project. Have a great New Year

  79. I’m a fan of traditional crewel embroidery, but I love the colors of this collection. I’m also a fan of hand dyed wool. My mother and I did some natural dying and spinning wool together in the early eighties.
    Thanks, again, for giving us an opportunity to try out these gorgeous needlework supplies
    Kathy Pennington

  80. Trop belles ces couleurs on à envie de juste les prendre dans ses mains les toucher les carresser presque les accrocher au mur comme un tableau, mais si j’ai l’énorme chance de les gagner je réaliserait votre coq , il est magnifique et comme je n’ais encore jamais utilisé les fils de laine pour broder se serait un bon début;

    Chère Marie je suis une bonne tricoteuse et j’aime beaucoup tricoter si vous voulez je peux tricoter pour vous gratuitement , je le ferait avec plaisir !!

  81. Hi Mary,

    We don’t get wool threads in my place. I was planning to start a collection during my next trip to Germany. Now I can start with this 🙂 and expand it during my next trip. 🙂


  82. I absolutely fall into the category of the beautiful colors I have a couple of needlepoint projects that these would look great used on.

  83. I’m having difficulty getting my posts to go through so please forgive me if this is a repeat post.

    I want this range because because they’re nice wools in pretty colors but I love this style too! So hard to choose just one answer. Thanks!

  84. Hi Mary,
    Oh COLOR is what I see – then comes the ideas flowing for use. This is sophisticated color –
    I went on the site you posted and it’s a wondeland. I checked out your PDF of the rooster – yes, I prefer the square version –
    I actually would make the rooster – This, to me, is in the silk thread category of – Beautiful – colorful – a treasure – but certainly a delicate priviledge to own.
    Mary – I am convinced that you are the most generous needleworker – not just now – but all
    of the time. Thank you and many blessings –
    Jane (I found Leah Day the most generous quilter) Do you know of her?

  85. Ooooohhhhhh, Mary … I’m drooling over this one. I’m a fan of Elizabethan embroidery, but I’d love to have this gift most especially because it is BEAUTIFUL! I love the colors. I do a lot of crewel embroidery and it would give me great pleasure to work with these fibers. So, how are you able to part with this? 😮

    By the way, a very happy Eigth Day of Christmas to you. I hope it’s a great one.

  86. Oh, I love to stitch 16th/17th century reproduction items and would love to receive the beautiful wools. Also, I love the colors!

  87. Beautiful colors…..so many possibilities. Jacobean throw pillows come to mind. Just love the texture and colors of anything that is fiber. I have viewed these scissors before through your website and I too also dreamed of owning a pair. Wow, they are just like fine jewelry and yes I would use them for a special project, how else could anyone enjoy them?

  88. Hi Mary, well, i’m both. I think I would do several projects. I’m thinking a beautiful embroidered belt and maybe a drawstring purse. I have made a drawstring bag out of silk and silk ribbon so I am feeling adventurous. Thanks Mary for all the fun giveaways!

  89. Historic fan or color enthusiast? Both levels appeal to me. I like the idea of better understanding which colors were used in the E-era, and the colors in themselves are gorgeous! Would love to have this wool to use in a project…
    -Sharon in France

  90. What gorgeous wools! Thank you, and thanks to Renaissance Dyeing for this special treat.

    Discovering your blog led me to Kathy Andrews’ “The Unbroken Thread,” and I’ve been marveling at her crewel embroideries and the beautiful yarns she uses. That, of course, got me into “me too” mode. It’s been years since I tried my hand at crewel embroidery, but I’ve been hankering to pick it up again. With my theater background I certainly have a love of all things Elizabethan, but mostly I think I fall into the second category of being drawn to the beautiful colors.


  91. When I was in college, I did an extensive paper on wool dyeing using mordants and natural dyes. I know what goes into the gathering of the sources to use to make the wonderful colors. I would love to have the opportunity to own some of the beautiful wools you are giving away. What a treasure to behold and have that chance!
    I literally drooled when I saw all the fabulous colors. If I could be chosen for any offerings you are giving all of us, these would be my pick.
    Thank you for all of your Christmas gifts you are giving us the chance to own.

  92. I love the range of colours in this pack. When I stitch the patterns that seem to really catch my eye are those with many colours in it.

  93. Stunning colours! Love the intricate embroidery so prevelant in Elizabethan England. The portraits of the time show remarkable details. But how ironic would it be to use Elizabethan style wool for modern designs

  94. Those colors look amazing! And as a person who does historical reenactment, they would be perfect for an arts & sciences entry.

  95. I think my answer to today’s question is – both: the wools are simply gorgeous colors but also because I have always been drawn to Jacobean Embroidery. So I love the 1600 period works. However, I have had Taliaferro – Royal Persian Blossom Crewel stitch guide on my radar ever since I first saw it on your site back in April. Now that is much older designs, right? medieval I believe, but I immediately thought of doing a Taliaferro design with these wools. I would also want to do a Jacobean pillow cover for my bed…and the Crewel Rooster…and a little pin cushion and …oh darn. Well – I would use them – that’s for sure!
    Mary Ann
    Beacon, New York

  96. What beautiful wool! I loved your article regarding woad-dying and returned to watch the video more than once. I’m drawn to the lovely natural plant-dyed color, and although I like 16th/17th century embroidery, I have to say it’s the wool that I desire!
    P.S. I agree, Mary. The socks and tam are amazing!

  97. I would love to win this collection because it is so beautiful. I do not have any wool threads and these would surely inspire me to do some crewel work. Thank you Mary for this wonderful and generous give-a-way.

  98. OK OK…because they are pretty but also because I always wanted to try some crewel and this would definitely motivate me! Thanks for the opportunity!

  99. Oh my gosh, what a wonderful prize! I would have to answer “both” — it is gorgeous wool and I love early embroidery work. I am a great fan of Renaissance Dyeing and their threads are wonderful. There is a red wool like no other. It is the strongest finest red I have ever used. Thanks again Mary,

    Shelia in Oklahoma

  100. Hi Mary – I have been following your blog for months now. I am new to crewel, and your website and videos have been immensely helpful, so thank you for that! In answer to your question, for me it is equal parts both. I am an avid amateur historian and genealogist, and have been able to trace some of my ancestors back to 16th c. England. I love Elizabethan and Jacobean crewel, and have spent hours online drooling over embroideries from the period. As for the nice wools in pretty colors – I am a fiber junkie, and often joke that I took up knitting just as an excuse to work with beautiful yarns and colors! To be able to work with yarns dyed using the same methods as in the 16th-17th centuries is very intriguing to me as it combines my love for history with my love for beautiful fibers!

  101. Yes, I am a fan of Jacobean crewelwork and that is certainly 16th century. I have mental plans for doing draperies for my dining room with the leading edges done in crewel reminiscent of Jacobean design. The flowers would be more realistic than Jacobean but 16th century would be the historical reference point. The colors ARE lovely, too, and I would love to try a new crewel thread.

  102. I am a quilter and have become a big fan of folk art wool quilts. I would love to incorporate these wonderful colors in one of my wool quilts. Thank you for all your effort in putting together this wonderful promotion.

  103. Oh My Mary , what a lovely color range.
    I had these and the woad dyes on my list of wishes!!!
    Thank you for your givawa
    nora jg

  104. Hi Mary! I’d love to win this wool range – I am taking several historic embroidery classes, and have several projects planned for after they are done. One is a crewel pillow, and one is a klosterstich needle case. I’ve been wanting to learn that for a while, and finally printed out some tutorials. Having the threads on hand would be a huge help!

    Mary Martin
    Houston, TX

  105. When I was in my 20’s ( now in 60″s) I bought raw sheep wool , washed, , carded , dyed and spun it for weaving and knitting. Wow, what a job it was to clean the bath tub after the washing! I would love to win today’s yarn for the sheer pleasure of just admiring the texture and colours and then move on to perhaps a William Morris design to use it with extreme delight!

  106. I think I would fall into the latter category, although perhaps if I had all these beautiful Elizabethan colours, I might be tempted to try some embroidery from that period. Exploring Elizabethan Embroidery by Dorothy Clark has been a favourite book of mine for many years, but I have only ever done one small motive from it. This would be a perfect opportunity to expand my horizons. Thank you for the wonderful giveaways Mary.

  107. I would absolutely love this set of wool threads because I have done some crewel work with wool and would love to do much more – I love this range of colors but also the old Victorian and Jacobean embroidery!

  108. Ever since the articles on 16th – 17th century embroidered boxes and the Royal Persian Blossom, I have wanted to buy wool thread to make a sampler and try all the pretty colors. My grandson and I used a hammer to experiment smashing Morning Glorys’ and Marigolds on to white fabric to see if we could preserve the natural color dye. Then I went to a site to learn the right way to dye thread and fabric. LOL

  109. I am definitely not a 16th/17th century embroidery fan but these are lovely yarns. I am curious if all the dyes used are of botanical origin, or not only?

  110. Another outstanding giveaway, Mary! Thanks to you and Renaissance Dyeing for this chance. I want these threads because I’m a 16-17th century fan AND because they are just luscious!
    Not to mention the historic accuracy with which they are dyed. Thanks again for this fun game!

  111. I must confess that I am an avid admirer of 16th and 17th century wool embroidery. I love the way naturally dyed wools never clash with each other. I love the soft warm glow of wool on crisp linen. I love the diversity of stitches used in that period of time. I love the flowers of the Elizabethan period, and fanciful designs of the Jacobean period. I love the aspect of using historical patterns and wools and making them fit in today’s homes. If I could only embroidery with one kind of thread for the rest of my life it would be wool, on linen of course!

  112. Oh yes, I really am a 16th / 17th century embroidery fan ! Love those colours… again thanks Mary for the opportunity!!

  113. I love these yarns. I used to do a lot of crewel and would love to start back again by using these threads to do a 17th century style sampler.

  114. I would love to win them because they are beautiful! I have never used any floss other then DMC & this would be a wonderful way to try a new thread!
    Again, thanks for the opportunity to win such great prizes!!
    Diana in Sioux Falls

  115. What a luscious array of colors. I don’t do 16th/17th century embroidery, but I can visualize these in a fall scene.

  116. Well, I’m certainly no knitter, but these threads are absolutely gorgeous and I would love to have them for embroidery…I love Jacobean! I’m guessing that if they’d be good for hand embroidery/crewel that they would be perfect for needlepoint as well…maybe I’d try them in a little of both. Mary, you have had the best giveaways! Thanks so much.

  117. Oh wow, Jacobean designs, Jacobbean embroidery (crewel work ala Erica Wilson was my first love), Jacobean clothing . . . all of these are favorites of mine. Once I found myself sketching the design on a lamp when I was away at a book retreat, I use the designs when painting pottery, the rich hues find their way into my quilt designs – oh, I am smitten! So once again, I love these wool threads for both reasons – the elaborate designs that call for color and more color and the color. Hmmm – sounds redundant, doesn’t it!

  118. What lovely shades! Though I don’t do Elizabethan type embroidery, the threads could be used in more modern style stitching. Just have to use the creative muse!

  119. I think I am like you – they are just beautiful colors. Although I love the Elizabethan period I still think they are just plain gorgious! I might even try my hand at your rooster. Who knows.

  120. Hi Mary,
    My reason would be that they are nice wools in pretty colors. Actually they are in beautiful colors. I’m not an expert on 16th century embroidery or dyeing -yet- but these have gotten me interested. I have done some crewel work and would love to try them!
    Thanks so much.
    Vivian M.

  121. I like anything Jacobean which is a later period than Elizabethan so I will have to say that I would like these wools for the colours.

  122. Hi,

    I love the soft colors of the wool displayed. After checking the website, I did find these are suitable for canvas work which I’m doing more of these days. Not sure what project specifically but think they would be lovely to look at till inspiration hits.


  123. Good morning Mary, the wool threads are luscious, I have a Jacobean pattern that I have been wanting to do and these threads would be perfect for it.

  124. In a word: YES!! I’m a total 16th century costume junkie, so more chances for embroidery with beautiful period-correct thread would be fantastic. I’d do something that uses every color, then use whatever was left to make a little swatchbook to compare to when I go fabric shopping.

  125. What a fabulous colour range! I do like crewel embroidered items and while I have done very little in the past I have just started to get back into it by ordering a very special kit. I am a person who loves colour and texture. They speak to me!! I would love to have this very special gift. How fortunate you are to have so many suppliers of quality donating to this worthy process you are doing.

  126. These are very nice wools in beautiful colors! Everything you are giving away is so-o-o beautiful!!! These wools would be so nice to win as well as any of the other items you are giving. Thank you.

  127. I love the gorgeous colors. As I posted on an earlier day, crewel embroidery is what got me started on my needlework journey. I can definitely see some new dining room chair covers with these gorgeous threads!!!!

  128. I would like to win the range of crewel wool for the both reasons: I love jacobean embroidery and the colors of these threads are gorgeous.
    Thank you for your giveaway, it makes me dream these last days

  129. I have made one project with the wool thread. I love the feel and brilliant colors of the wool thread. The range of colors sets my mind to dream of many projects that you have aired on your website. Thanks for the chance to own such a fine gift.

  130. I am totally in love with the beautiful colors of this wool! It doesn’t make that much of a difference to me how that color got there, but the idea of doing an authentic historical piece is very interesting now that you mention it…

  131. Well! This is a wonderful way to start a Happy New Year — happyness, good health, peace, good will and the ability to do more of my favorite embroidery. What wonderful colors these are. I have done some Elizabethan crewel and it is difficult to see, touch, and explore all of the wonderful yarns beyond the “basics”. Would be thrilled to have them.
    Have a wonderful “second day of the new year”.

  132. Ooooh,
    As an avid recreator of 16th and 17th Century period
    apparel and such I LOVE these colors! I was so excited
    to hear about Renaissance dyeing and their products.
    Wish I could own it all! Yum.

  133. Besides loving the colors purely because they are beautiful, my son and his girlfriend are Renaissance Fair participants. While they are not reenactors, they do enjoy dressing up in period costume while visiting the fairs. The items they wear are homemade and very plain. It would be wonderful to make them new costumes with crewel embroidery using the threads from Renaissance Dying. Thank you Mary and Renaissance Dying for this generous giveaway.

    I have to admit, when I originally read the posting on woad dying, I thought it would be fun to try. After reading it again, I appreciate the technique, but I think it would be fun for someone else to try.

  134. Oh my, oh my! I would be thrilled to win this selection of colors mainly because naturally dyed colors speak to me louder than synthetic colors. It’s not that synthetic colors aren’t beautiful… all colors have their beauty no matter the source. It’s just that, to me, it’s kind of the difference between music on a record vs. a CD; or film vs. digital photos. Both are beautiful, but to my eye, one has more heart and the other less. I have tried my own experiments with natural dyeing, but don’t really have the kind of space that allows working with them as I live in a small city apartment and must rely on others to do that kind of dyeing for me. Sigh.

  135. I think both colors and history that goes along with the making of these give the wool more meaning. I know when I look at the crewel
    pictures my grandmother stitched I think of the wool that was used and how it has lasted all these
    Avis in VA

  136. Could I say, I would absolutely use these gorgeous threads ( thank you so much for introducing the company) for a nineteenth century piece, rather than an earlier period.

    We just moved to North Carolina from Southern California and are planning to build a nineteenth century replica saltbox house (which will be completely earth friendly) but the inside will hopefully look like “hearth and home” with needlework abounding. =)

    Thanks for the fun!


  137. I would love these threads because of there beautiful colors. As I said in my last post, I collect chickens. I would love to try your rooster pattern. I have saved every email on that project for future reference. Like when or if I can get the threads.

  138. Mary, your links take me on unplanned adventures and I feel like I’ve been on vacation. Thank you! Though I have a strong interest in 16th century embroidery, I really love the colors.

  139. oh those are beautiful and I want them because they’re nice wools in pretty colors!! 🙂

    thanks for another lovely giveaway!

  140. I always have been fascinated by the rich textures, fabrics and needlework of the Elizabethan age. What I was most astonished to learn is that crewelwork was not solely an object of beauty in that period; rather, it was also to help protect the fabric from wear. When I look at these luscious wool threads, it transports me to a day and time when only a lucky few were able to afford such luxury. And it inspires me to want to recreate a pillow or foot stool or seat cover in the spirit of the Elizabethan period. These wool threads would be a marvelous jumpstart to my project — and it would provide me a little virtual time travel, as well!

  141. I am an avid knitter and would love to make a lace shawl using two strands of the crewel wool, as suggested in the Renaissance Dyeing website. The colors are beautiful!

  142. 16th / 17th Century Ecclesiastical work is amazing. I’m ever so grateful when people find/restore/share historical pieces with those of us who study particular eras. While I’m in awe of today’s designers (a “completely blank canvas” is NOT my thing!), I also love studying the designs and techniques of the past. It’s a tactile connection to our heritage,and it is extremely comforting — and invigorating at the same time.

  143. Hi Mary,

    When I first started stitching, wool was the
    fiber to use and it has always remained my
    choice. I would love to win these wool threads, I love the colors.

    Teri Sanfilippo

  144. How soothing color/textures are to my soul! Just admiring these threads brings joy! Crewel work was my first love and these threads are tempting me to return to my stitching roots. Thank you for the memories, and the opportunity to own these beautiful threads.

    Honey in Philly

  145. Hi Mary,

    Natural fibers, beautiful shades that blend together so perfectly what a treat these would be to use for my stitching. I have done some crewel work and would love the chance to use this wonderful palette of colors.

    Thank you for another great gift set.

  146. The colors are so YUMMY!! I want hold them and caress them! Oh my gosh!! I want these because they are nice wool in pretty colors! Though I have to admit the 16th/17th era aspect is pretty interesting too. These are so gorgeous I’ll be dreaming of flowers.

  147. Hello: I really need to broaden my thread supply. I love crewel work and do like the colors alot. Not often am I able to get what I really need to do a project right, usually I compromise and use regular threads. What a great day it would be if I could use my crewel books with real crewel thread and do a project. Thanks, Paula.

  148. I would love to win this range both because I’m a 16th / 17th century embroidery fan and because they’re nice wools in pretty colors. I really want to expand my embroidery skills, and these lovely wools would certainly encourage that! Thank you, Mary!

  149. The colours are stunning, but the mention of that rooster, as you say, way back then, that’s what did it for me. That little rooster has been on my TO DO list for a loooong time, maybe it’s time to let him crow!

  150. Love the colors. These would look beautiful on my new crazy quilt!! The various shades are just gorgeous.

  151. I do not see me making a 16th century bed coverlet. I would like to try my hand again at using wool thread.

    Would love to work on a Jacobean embroidery piece and play with these threads and all the lovely colors.

  152. I want them because of the beautiful colors. I have been wanting to try crewel work but I’m not big on ordering things from the Internet and I do t know of anywhere near me to get something like this so winning this would be so nice!

  153. I must admit that I love the colors. But then I’ve never had the opportunity to work with wool so I would love to try it. I’m pretty much a novice but am open to trying and would love the chance!

  154. I love natural fibers and these wools are yummy. I also love the elaborate designs of the 16th and 17th centuries but would use the wools for something more less elaborate.

  155. I was fascinated by your article on woad dyeing–a plant I never heard of before in English or in French 🙂 (le pastel), and I am from south of St-Paul-Cap-de-Joux–so I hope to visit it next time I go home! I would love the wool because I started a large tapestry painting (buffalo hunt) and ran out of wools when our embroidery store closed. With these wools I would be motivated to finish it. Thanks for all this. Jackie

  156. Hi Mary
    Interesting project material and I had a look at the socks and tam – I used to knit all my husbands socks but all in one colour though but the hand washing became such a chore that I decided to buy socks so have not done it for some time. I would rather stitch with the wool I think as that sock and tam project was also in my mind really expensive – beautiful but expensive!! Yes I will fall into the luv the colours catagory! Thanks again, Eleanor Isle of Man

  157. I would have to say I am a fan of the 16th and 17th century work. Women of this time created such wonderful things.

  158. Another wonderful give away! I admit I am attracted to the beautiful colors and that it is wool just adds a bonus.

  159. Another wonderful gift offer–thank you so much. I would like to have these because they are beautiful yarns and it’s so very hard to find nice crewel yarns where I live. I am working on a crewel project right now. It’s a class I’m taking at my embroidery guild. The teacher had to go to Dallas (abt. 1.5 hrs away) to get the yarns for us as they weren’t available here.

  160. As I am not English, I know only a few things about Elizabethan style, so I fall into second category: I love the colors. It would be nice to use them in a new project.

  161. To be perfectly honest, I would have to say yes to both parts of your question. Love some of the needle works done in the 16th/17th century, they are so detailed. And of course I love the colors. What even makes this more appealing is that natural dyes.

  162. I would love to have these yarns because of rainbow of colors you’d have to work with. Absolutely stunning!

  163. WOW! Jacobean is my best and this wool is lovely and the shade so nice. Thank you Mary.Louise Québec

  164. I am definitely in category two. I love the colors and texture of wool embroidery. Many of my quilting friends have started making little applique quilts of felted wool. If I had these delicious colors, I might just give wool applique a try myself. Yum!

  165. Morning Mary!
    Oh my, how pretty!! I do like the 16th/17th century needlework, but for me, it’s all about the colors. They are gorgeous and right up my alley.

  166. I love the colors. They remind me of some Res Naturae wools I have for a crewel project in progress. I have done a little Jacobean style crewel but am still rather new to this work,

  167. I love the beautiful wool colors, but I am also a fan of good historical reenactment. I’d love to make an Elizabethan pocket with these.

  168. Hi Mary,
    Wow…this is a spectacular gift! I would like to win these wool threads because they are just gorgeous & because I have never worked with wool. I’ve been thinking about crewel work because I love Jacobean patterns & this would be a nice way to get started. Thank you,
    Sheila K in CA

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