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Crewel Work Company Kit – a Beautiful Give-Away


Perhaps you’ve heard of The Crewel Work Company? If you haven’t, but you are interested in crewel embroidery, you must (must) become familiar with Phillipa Turnbull’s website. She offers glorious crewel embroidery kits, in the tradition of historical crewel work – they are timeless, they are lovely, they are… *sigh* … covetable! And she offers them in different stitching levels, from Level 1 for beginners (whom she calls “the terrified”!), Level 2 for beginners and stitchers with some experience, and Level 3, for those with some experience in embroidery who like a challenge.

One of Phillipa’s newer kits – the Mellerstain Parrots – is the subject of today’s give-away, with thanks to The Crewel Work Company.

Mellerstain Parrots from The Crewel Work Company

The Mellerstain Parrots come from a larger design that Phillipa offers on her website as well – the Mellerstain Firescreen. The firescreen is based on a 19th century design from Mellerstain House in Scotland, and the Parrots (pictured above) are a little excerpt of that larger design.

Mellerstain Parrots from The Crewel Work Company

The lovely little birds, stitched in wool and surrounded by autumnal foliage and acorns, peer over their shoulders, tentatively checking the other one out.

Mellerstain Parrots from The Crewel Work Company

They are undoubtedly making eyes at each other! The Red Parrot is completely mesmerized by the beauty of the Blue Parrot … and the Blue Parrot? She’s a little worried! But you know how it’s going to turn out – after all, they’re stuck in a tree!

Mellerstain Parrots from The Crewel Work Company

Some of the stitches included in the piece: long and short stitch shading, satin stitch, fly stitch, French knots, stem stitch – lots of nice variety that makes crewel embroidery fun!

The acorns, by the way, are gorgeous, and perfect for the approaching turn of seasons.

Mellerstain Parrots from The Crewel Work Company

The kit includes 25 full skeins of Appleton wool, Jacobean linen twill woven exclusively for The Crewel Company (the design is already printed on it), needles, stitch & color chart, color images on CD, and thorough instructions. It also includes the booklet “The Essential Guide for Newcomers to Crewel Work,” and two beads. It’s a £79 value – and today, you have a chance to win your very own!

Crewel Kit Give-Away

If you’d like to participate in today’s give-away, please do the following (yep, I’m going to make you work for it!):

1. Leave a comment below, on today’s article, on the website. If you’re unsure of where to leave your comment, please just follow this link. It will take you right to the comment area! Comments via e-mail or left on other articles on the website are not eligible.

2. In your comment, you must answer the following question. Comments that don’t answer the question are not eligible. (I’m getting mean in my old age, am I not?)

What’s your favorite crewel kit on Phillipa’s website and why? She offers three different kit levels, and here are direct links to those sections on her site:

Level 1 Crewel Kits
Level 2 Crewel Kits
Level 3 Crewel Kits

I know it’s a hard question to answer! I tried – and ended up with five! (Or was it six?)

Well, do your best!

3. Since you have to do homework for this one, you have plenty of time to sign up for the give-away – it ends next Monday morning, September 10th, at 5:00 am Central Time (Kansas, USA). So please make sure to leave your comment by then! The winner’s name will be drawn from the eligible comments on Monday morning and the winner will be announced here on Needle ‘n Thread, at which point the winner must drop me a line with mailing info. The give-away is over – thanks to all for participating!

That’s it!

The Mellerstain Parrots kit is on special during September, by the way. It’s normally £79, but for the month of September, the kit is offered for £69. So if you don’t win the give-away on Monday, at least you can get a good break on the kit!

Can’t wait to read your comments! (That’s why I do this, you know – it’s always fun to read the comments!) Good luck!

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  1. Dear Mary,
    You are killing me! These kits are STUNNING!!! How I would love to win this absolutely beautiful kit. As for my favorite crewel kit from Phillipa’s site (and yes, it was very hard to pick just one) I would go for the Jacobean Wild Wood in level 3. Not sure I am quite a level 3 stitcher but this particular design tickles my fancy the most.

    Have a wonderful day and thanks for exposing me to more ideas to add to my wish list!

  2. Hi Mary,
    You’ve done it again…what a nice giveaway! I think my favorite kit is the Jacobean Sampler for 2 reasons: (1)I love Jacobean flowers & this is a simple, lovely design and (2)it is a beginner kit & I am truly a beginner. Thanks, Sheila from CA

  3. I have never done crewel work before, just embroidery. I have always wanted to learn to do crewel work. I love the “Jacobean Fantasy” it is a Level 2 project. Thank you for having such a gorgeous giveaway.

  4. I love love love the Elizabethan Snails! I know it is a more simple kit, but I have always loved snails and this kit just looks perfect!

    -Heather in Chicago

  5. What a wonderful website. Isn’t the Internet a great way for like-minded people to get together? Of all the kits (and I like most of them), the one I like most is the snails. The ones I don’t like are more for strange personal reasons than anything to do with the kits themselves. It would be wonderful to get this kit and stretch my abilities.

  6. I like the secret squirrel. We have a lot of squirrels here, but they are gray, not brown. I wonder if she would change the color of the thread. I like it because it looks interesting enough to enjoy doing and simple enough to complete. I would have to divide the parrots in sections to be able to finish, but I know someone who has a parrot rescue who would absolutely adore this. If I won it though, I would make it and give it to her to raffle off for her rescue.

  7. I really liked the simplicity and sweetness of the Elizabethian Snails. I have always been partial to snails and have no idea why. They are all beautiful in their own way. Thank you for a wonderful give away.

  8. It is such a hard question having to choose! There are aspects to many that I like, but my favourite is the Level 2 Jacobean Fantasy. I love the bright colours, (my own attempt at Jacobean used dull almost sludgy colours and am disappointed with the results but I usually shy away from strong colours) and the way the design is cut off so it could almost be a piece from a large crewel work rather than a piece designed for a certain shape.

  9. On my bed as I type this is a crewel pillow done by my grandmother. I love the look of it. I inherited it after she passed away many years ago. Unfortunately, I never asked her to teach me how to do the work myself, this offer reminds me that even though I am 69 years old, it’s not too late. I would like to learn how to do this and a free kit would make that possible especially from someone you so highly recommend.

  10. My favorite of Phillipa Turnbull’s crewel kits is the Scottish Thistle for a very personal reason. My niece Tamara married a Scotsman here in the USA. The groom and his party wore their clan kilts. My sister and I designed and fashioned Tamara’s weeding gown with many long hours at our sewing machines and with our beading needles in hand to do some bead embroidery along the neckline and waistline. Their anniversary is in October. …and if I stitch day and night I would get the piece done as a surprise gift. Thank you, Kay

  11. I love doing crewel, but find it hard to find pieces that challenge me. That means that the Mellerstain Firescreen is my favorite. How could you not love this wonderful scene done in crewel!!!

  12. While my skill level in crewel is (unfortunately!) more in the beginner range, my favorite piece seems to be one of the largest- the level 2 Mellerstain Firescreen. I love the history behind it- that it’s copied from an original, functional piece. Birds are also one of my favorite animals, so it would be a pleasure to embroider them! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great kit!

  13. I picked one from each level!
    Level 1 – Scottish Thistle – the symbol from my Alma Mater and I LOVE flowers
    Level 2 – The Tulip Tree – did I mention I liked flowers?
    Level 3 – Elizabethan Oakapple Tree – and pink flowers are the ultimate!
    Thanks for the giveaways! Always fun to try winning 😉

  14. I can’t quite choose – I will have to go with my favourite from each page! For the advanced kits, I love the Elizabethan Oakapple Tree – I just love the way the design curves to fit into a circle. But then in level two, I love the Elizabethan Stag — maybe stitching animals just seems like more fun! But then I love the simplicity of many of the level one kits, especially the thistle one, because I have always loved thistles!

  15. Oops, I forgot to answer the question. My favorite design is the Marriage Pillow. The reason: We just celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary and it would make a beautiful memory even more beautiful.

    Original post: On my bed as I type this is a crewel pillow done by my grandmother. I love the look of it. I inherited it after she passed away many years ago. Unfortunately, I never asked her to teach me how to do the work myself, this offer reminds me that even though I am 69 years old, it’s not too late. I would like to learn how to do this and a free kit would make that possible especially from someone you so highly recommend.

  16. My favourite is Jacobean Wildwood…no, Jacobean Long Pillowe…no, Elizabethan Oak Tree…no, Levens Hall Pillowe,…no, Jacobean Fantasy…no, Tulip Tree. Oh heck, I love them all 🙂

  17. There are several I really like, but the one I like the best is Jacobean Fantasy because it the traditional look. And I love the colors!

  18. I was lucky enough to attend a workshop by Phillipa a few years ago in Columbus, Ohio. I admire her approach to teaching and became a lover of crewel and especially LOVE her piece, Mellerstain Firescreen. I would love to add this piece to my stitching treasures.

  19. Love the Elizabethan snails – simple, elegant and so very British: snails in a garden just wondering along, minding their own business, until they cross paths and bow in greeting

  20. Hi Mary: These kits are all so lovely but my favourite is the Jacobean Long Pillow. It is an unusual shape, with a delightful motif, and seems perfect for the weary back when you want to keep stitching in the evening.

  21. As I know that I am older than you are I will say “I cannot choose as there is something about each that speaks to me”. The beauty of each design and the colour and texture creates totality and therefore I would treasure each one of them. I thank you for making me aware of this site.

  22. First your link for the crewel kits aren’t correct.

    I am a level one crewel sewer(?). I wasn’t sure whether you wanted favorites for each category even though I couldn’t complete the two pillowe kits below!

    My favorite level one crewel is the Heartsease Pansy.
    Level two is the Levens Hall Pillowe
    Level three is the Jacobean Long Pillowe.

  23. My favorite kit from The Crewel Company is the Levens Hall Pillowe. It has amazing color combinations, and unique stitches I haven’t seen before. It is an amazing piece of Jacobean style embroidery.

    I know if I win the kit I’ll be contacting Philipa for her free advice on how stitch those parrots!

  24. My favorite kit is the Level 1 Heartsease Pansy. The pansy has always been my favorite flower and the wonderful shading and interesting stitches in this design are fascinating to me. Also, being a level 1 crewel stitcher it is also a piece that will help me improve my crewel technique.

  25. My favorite is the Mellerstain Firescreen, though the Jacobean Long Pillowe and Marriage Pillowe are most fine. What incredible designs and needlework! Oh my, my. Thanks again Mary, I so enjoy your column each morning.

    Shelia in Oklahoma

  26. Since I’v seen the Crewelcurtains in Blairecastle, I am hooked to crewelembroidery.

    It’s really stunning the results of this beuatifull work, and I am glad that there are books etc. to encourage to do this work, or at least try to.

    Best wishes Tine

  27. My favorite is the Eyam Hall Bedhanging.
    The colors are bright and while I love the muted tones too, these catch my eye.
    The stitching of the large leaf in the right corner– blows my mind and I want to learn that!
    The story behind it– the design is from original bedhangings made for Elizabeth Wright when the hall was built in the 1680s. Who can beat that for being a part of stitching history!

  28. Mary, This is a hard question. I love so many of the embroideries of Phillipa’s and I have actually done the oakapple tree. I love her kits. I will go ahead and say that I love the Mellerstain Parrots the most. I love birds and crewel work and the coloring of the parrots in this piece is exquisite. I would just scream if I were to win this.

  29. >>What’s your favorite crewel kit on Phillipa’s website and why?

    Do I have to choose just one? Aaargh. From the Level One kits, I have to say that I adore the snails. Despite their simplicity, they have such personality! In Level Two, the Mellerstain Firescreen is the clear winner. It is exemplary of Jacobean style. The Level Three Elizabethan oak is such a strong design, and I’m a tree hugger, so trees are always a favorite motif.

    So, favorite? I guess I’d have to chose the Mellerstain Firescreen. It has a little bit of everything, and as a bonus it’s a recreation of a historical piece. Very cool.

  30. Oh my goodness! I didn’t know…….what a wonderful source! My very first love was crewel embroidery; I have been looking for a way back in, but never found the ‘perfect’ entrance. This is it! I WANT the Jacobean long pillow….something about it just appealed to me. I am an intermediate counted thread stitcher, but reading your website gets my creative juices up! I recently did a pillow that was supposed to be all cross stitch…but I used Rhodes and eyelets and long armed and diagonal cross stitches, and, well, you get the idea. Sat with my stitch guide open! I also will be adding the entire fire screen to my greatly desired want list, right near the top. Have two fireplaces, and this would be perfect. Thanks for ALL your inspiration!

  31. what a glorious giveaway, I love crewel work…I don’t do much of it, but this is a wonderful kit, my favorite on Phillipa’s site is from level 3 called Elizabethan Oakapple Tree, the colors are beautiful and I have an attachment to tree designs that this suits to perfection…I would love to win the kit and thank you for the link to her site…Rebecca Keith

  32. That’s tough. I think I narrowed it down to two. I love the snails (cause tehy’re whimsical and adorable), but if I were really going to buy a kit, I’d probably buy the Oakapple Tree one. I love the colors so much, and there’s something about slightly droopy, ‘sad’ trees.

  33. I am a self taught stitcher and the first serious stitching I did was in Crewel. Whenever I stitch a crewel piece it brings back memmories of many years ago.
    I love the Mellerstain firescreen, it’s my favorite piece in the collection. It seems to embody all areas of historic crewel…animals, birds and fauna. It would be a wonderful piece to stitch and since I am a parrot owner, the pillow would be a fince addition to my home 🙂

  34. That is a fabulous gift. For once I take my chance. The kit I prefer is “Levens Hall Pillow” because I like the colors but more I like the use of the stitches. It is not so common to see a crewel work with those blanket stitches made in squares. I saw it on a bag in the Inspirations magazine and also on the online book that you mention once in your blog.
    Thank you again for all your interesting articles.

  35. I just love the tulip tree on the crewel work level 2. it is so colorful and bright, beautiful.

  36. I love the Rabbits in level 2. They represent a traditional pattern with some whimsy added. I especially like the red tulip.

    Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful kit.

  37. It has to be the fire screen, I love the detail and that the more you look the more you see in it..
    I also love the Oak tree, the Marriage pillow and the Eyam bed hanging.. 🙂

  38. Mary,
    eu gostei de todos, pois todos são lindos,
    mas para iniciar nessa arte, eu começaria com o Kits Nível 1 Crewel , mais especificamente com o Jacobean Peony….

    Um grande abraço de
    Maria Filomena

    I liked everyone, because everyone is beautiful,
    but to start this art, I’d start with Level 1 Kits Crewel, more specifically with the Jacobean Peony ….

    A big hug
    Maria Filomena

  39. Dear Mary, I would choose level one, the Pansy Kit. I chose the kit because pansies hold a special place in my heart.When I was in elementary school we had a special project for Mothers Day. We painted earrings or broaches for our Mothers and Grandmothers. After they were painted, the teacher took them to be fired, and after that we glued either earring backs or pins on the back of them. I chose pansies to paint for both my Mother and my Grandmother. Many times I saw my Grandmother wear her pansy earrings. When she died in her 84th year my Aunt sent me a box with my pansy earrings along with a note from my Grandmother saying “give these earrings to Dede, she made these for me and I want her to have them back”. Every time I look at a pansy I think of my Grandmother’s loving ways. Kind Regards, Dede

  40. Everything on her site is beautiful, but hands down, my choice is the Mellerstain Parrots firescreen (pillow is a close second.) These remind me of “The Parrot” — a beautiful crewel work that my grandmother made in finishing school at the age of 16. “The Parrot” (now over 100 years old) features a single parrot on a perch. The piece is large — about 24″ x 42″. Throughout my childhood “The Parrot” was THE featured piece of artwork in my mother’s living room. I inherited “The Parrot” after my mother’s death a little over a year ago. It was highly coveted by other members of the family. But because of my love of all things needlework, my mother wanted me to have it.
    The yarns in the Mellerstain Parrots have many of the same colors as “The Parrot”. Mine is slightly padded and has a huge glass eye.
    The Mellerstain Parrots would be a beautiful complement to my crewel aviary and add another needlework story to my family history.

  41. Ah Mary you go right to the heart!. I have been eyeing Phillipa’s web site for over a year and watched it go through it’s recent changes. I enjoyed learning from the short video on crewel stitches and was always awed by the man at the weaving loom near the end of the video! My favorite at the moment is The Wedding Pillow. although these parrots will have me going back to her site over and over again while I save up my sheckels to make a purchase. Blessings of steady hands, quick eyes, and happy countenance to whomever wins!

  42. I really like the thistle and the Elizabethan oakapple tree… do we have to do just one? I read a series of books that was originally set in Scotland, and have been intrigued by thistle embroideries since then, but the Oakapple is so pretty, with the red apples, the acorns, and the leaves. Thank you for the link!

  43. Hi Mary, my favorite kit is the secret squirrel. I am a beginner and earth tones and woodland scenes appeal most to me. If I ever became brave enough I also liked the stag in level 3.

  44. It is hard to find challenging crewel designs where i live. I love the Elizabethan Oakapple Tree most of all.

  45. It’s hard to choose a favorite, so I’m going to name my top two. ^_^ I like the Mellerstain Parrots for the varied color scheme and the coy parrots. My second favorite would have to be the Elizabethan Oak Tree for it’s great twisty shape, leaves and acorns–it would be so great as a pillow during the fall.

  46. I especially love the Mellerstain firescreen and I have a beautiful fireplace that it would go in front of perfectly.

  47. Mary,
    You sure know how to make it tough on a girl!
    I find it impossible to list one favorite. I have three.
    1. The Mellerstain Parrots. I love birds, and I love the expression on these birds faces and the texture in the acorns.
    2. Jacobean Fantasy because I am always drawn to the movement, colors and the design elements in them. This one in particular is stunning with the reds used.
    3. Rabbits! Love the rolling hill effect and once again the textures with the acorns and a jacobean element or two.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these beauties.

  48. Mary,
    My absolute favorite is the Mellerstain firescreen.
    I love parrots (we have five of them), and I love crewel work. I would be in heaven stitching this piece. Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful design. It is absolutely beautiful!

  49. Oh, wow, what a lovely give away. Well, I like all the designs, but since I have drooled over it a few times already, wishing I could recreate it in 1/12 scale, my favorite has the be the Mellerstain Firescreen. So learning to do crewel work on a part of the design would be great!

  50. Even though I’m not an advanced stitcher, my very favorite pieve is the Elizabethan Oakapple Tree. Not only do I love the pastel palette (whar she calls “faded”), but trees are my favorite subject. Running a close second was the Mellerstain Firescreen.

  51. I love all of Philippa’s work. Of course, I have finished one of her Needlepoint “Slips”, Her “Woodland Posies” kit and am working on a large crewel mirror frame, I bought a few years ago (not on the website). Anyone who likes to stitch, should love her kits. They are really awesome. She makes sure that you have plenty of wool thread and it is organized on a strip so that you can just pull and stitch. Her instructions are very clear and easy to understand. So, I highly recommend these kits… I would love the birdies to stitch;-) Thanks.

  52. That firescreen is awesome, but I’ll pick the Elizabethan Oakapple Tree – I love oak trees (esp old burr oaks), this kit has just enough more color than the Elizabethan Oak Tree kit to make me happy.

    And you are correct, it is tough to narrow it down to one!

  53. Levens Hall Pillowe

    I just LOVE this one. The design could be caried over into so many mediums. Love the texture. This one is over the moon for me.

  54. My favorite kit is from the Level 2 group, Elizabethan Stag. He’s such a magnificant beast! All of the designs are just lovely. Thanks for introducing this site.
    Marilyn in Wheaton

    1. Hi Heather, where did you hear it was being discontinued? I have been saving up for a few of them and don’t want it to disappear before I have a chance to get it!

  55. FYI… the links to the kits in my email didn’t work. Went to the site, but not the page. Stated “Category Not Found”. Love your work!


    1. Hi, Marinel –

      Yes, sorry about that. The problem is actually on the links on the Crewel Work website – they lose something in translation going through e-mail. The links above the article work. ~MC

  56. The complete Mellerstain Firescreen would be my favourite project to attempt because I’m a sucker for wildlife pieces.

  57. Hi Mary,
    Years ago I did some crewel stitching from a kit. Nothing as beautiful as these though. My favorite is the Snails from Level One. I love their simplicity.

  58. I just finished the Crewel component of my certificate program with the Royal School of Needlework. It is so much fun to do. I especially like to shade with the crewel wool. The level 3 looks delightful to do.
    Jim M

  59. All of the kits are soooo beautiful!!! My favorite kit from Phillpa’s site is the Mellerstain Parrots- I love birds and any kit that gives me the opportunity to stitch up birds is always on my wish/covet list. The Tulip Tree came in a really close second though.
    Thank you for another wonderful give away.

  60. First, your not being mean, you do ask a question to be answered. So, I always love your site, as I love sewing. For the kit I would love to have or the that means something to me is the Elizabethan Oakapple Tree. I have been doing research on my family. And this reminds me of our families, all different but still from the same roots.

  61. My Favourite is the level two design the ‘Levens Hall Pillowe’ I love the different stitches used and the traditional Jacobean design. Im definitely not a level two stitcher, but this one is my favourite. Am I allowed a second favourite?….

  62. Mellerstain Firescreen Is my favorite. I did a lot of crewel work in my younger years and this really brings back all that I loved of the designs. The flair of the way they are positioned and all my fantasies of being 12 again return to me, like a fairy land. The way the deer positioned, the squirrel in mid stride so interested in the birds. The way every space is used up, but not overwhelmed. I love it.

  63. Elizabethian Snails is so beautiful in it’s simplicity and color. Millerstain Parrots is a wonderful giveaway. Have a great week.

  64. Although it’s a tough call, the kit that delights me the most is the Elizabethan Snails (http://www.crewelwork.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=59_64&product_id=83) from level one. I find it to be such a charming little design, and the snails to be an unexpected subject. It reminds me of the East African Land Snail—it’s not a legal pet in the United States but there are some really cute videos of pets from other countries on YouTube “taking a shower” in the sink!

  65. Wow, what a tough decision! My favorite level 1 is the Heart’s Ease pansy. The design is lovely, and the colors are beautiful. Level 2, it’s the firescreen. Or maybe the bunnies. No, the firescreen. Level 2, The Oakapple tree stool top is so appealing. But then, so it the oak tree pillow. But really, they’re all beautiful. Thank you for the introduction to Turnbull’s work.

  66. Hi Mary, Apart from a stamped crossstitch apron from my grandmother (done in variagated threads no less), crewel was my first foray into needlework. I didn’t even know it was called crewel; it was just a kit that looked like a little Hummel girl. Anyway … crewel has a special place in my heart. My favourites are (1) Mallerstain firescreen because of all the elements and the symmetry of the design AND because it would look excellent in my hypothetical country castle; and (2) because I don’t have a country castle and because I might be intimidated by the size of the screen, my “real” favourite is Jacobean Fantasy. I like the vibrant colours and I would like to live long enough to see how the wool would become more subdued with age. Is it wrong to imagine it fading? If so, it’s YOUR fault … I actually like the sublety of some of the aged pieces you have been showing us. Who knows: distressed furnture was all the rage?? THanks for the tremendous give-away and thanks for all you do to open our eyes (and pocket books!) to the joys of embroidery.

  67. I think my favourite is the Mellerstain Firescreen. I would just love to have the whole thing in a wooden firescreen frame just like on the website next to my fire, so pretty.

  68. What a horrible task! Only pick one?!?! Ironically, there was only one on Level 3 that appealed to me (Wild Wood); I liked the sampler and the peony on Level 1; Level 2 I found the tulip tree and Jacobean fantasy nice, but I adore the Levens Hall kit!! I found the variety of stitches presented in such a geometric fashion very appealing. So…that’s my favorite!

    As always, thanks for all you do for us!!


  69. Mary,
    An almost impossible task you’ve set us – reminds me of the dilemma posed in some fairy tales, how to choose the “right” one, only thankfully, the choice we make here will bring us a treasure and not a disaster!

    After much dithering, my favorte design would be Jacobean Fantasy because I love the shades of rich red contrasted with the deep, bright blues. And – I think the red flower to the right in the design is just luscious!

    Crewel work is my first love in embroidery and it would be fabulous to win these cheeky parrots.

    -Sharon in France

  70. Ordinarily, I have a hard time picking a favorite. But this time, my favorite is the thistle, because I collect thistle kits in many different needlecraft forms. My second favorite is the squirrel

  71. I would like to do the Mellerstain Parrots from Philippa’s website because of their beautiful colors. They are my favorite, with a close runner -up being the acanthus leaf on the Levens Hall Pillow because of the swirling textures. If I were to work either of these I would be tempted to sneak in a snail from Elizabethan Snails, because they make me laugh!

  72. They are all so beautiful and challenging but I think I would like to try the Oak Tree in Level 3. Did one picture in crewel, which was the first time for me, and I thought it came out quite well. Love the colors and would enjoy doing this.
    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to experience this new project.

  73. You’re right, it is very hard to pick a favourite but if I have to choose one it would be the Mellerstain Parrots. Why? Well I was lucky enough to see the newly completed pillow in person when I did a day class with Phillipa last year. I fell in love with those birdies there and then before the kit was available!

    What a wonderful give-away. How can you bear to part with it?

  74. The parrots are real cuties! You make crewel sound fun to do. And there’re some familiar stitches as well so its not quite so terrifying as I’d imagined.

    I loved the level one kit, aptly named, “for the terrified” featuring two Elizabethan snails, so much so that I’m going to order it before it disappears for ever. It reminds me of the delightful embroidered insects and bugs at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire.

    Then there’s my grand daughter, she’s just turned four and loves everything creeping and crawling. She’s even names the snails she finds in the garden – so much for them being pests: they’ve turned into pets!

  75. Apreciable Maria estoy comenzando a bordar y estoy impresionado por la gran variedad de bordados y técnicas, me gustaria tener mas informacion detallada del bordado, el nivel dos es el que mas me a impresionado

  76. Hi Mary,
    I love “Rabbits!” in the level 2 section. My mother collects bunnies and that would be something I could make for her and they just look so adorable!

  77. My favorite crewel kit is the Jacobean Wild Wood. I love the vibrant colors, the simplicity of the pattern and the fact that it will stretch my ability beyond the simple stitches. Thanks for sending me to this website. susan

  78. Well, that was pretty hard to choose just one, you were absolutely correct in that! But I have to say my favorite is Elizabethan Oakapple Tree. I love the soft, muted colors, and the fact that it’s round, not the normal square or rectangle. But mostly I love the colors, just beautiful! Everything they have is gorgeous, but this is one I would do. Also loved seeing the entire firescreen project, that the parrots come from. I wish I had a fireplace! 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway. Karen Gass

  79. Oh Mary, how in the world can I pick 3. I’ve been dying to try crewel. My eyes can’t handle the single strand floss embroidery any more, and I’ve wanted to try crewel hoping I can see it better.

    I tried to pick from each level. I wanted the scottish thistle until I saw the pansy. I have a real weak spot for pansies.

    On level 2 I think it is the Levens Hall Pillowe. The closeups of the stitches are really appealing.

    On level 3 the Eyam Bed Hanging really got me. Again, I was entranced by the variety of stitches. It all looks like so much fun.

    Thanks, Mary for this great giveaway.

  80. wow what an awesome giveaway-and I would really love to win this kit.
    I browsed thru her site and love everything-but I settled on the rabbits-cause they are too sweet.

  81. Oops, I thought you wanted to pick 3 – probably wishful thinking. I think it has to be Leven’s Hall Pillowe.

    Hard choice.

  82. I’m definitely in the Level 1 category, so fortunately for me the design that I like best is in that level! I love the Scottish Thistle.

    Scotland is next on my “must see” travel list, so right now I’m almost obsessed with things Scottish. Thistles, bagpipes, men in kilts, haggis…okay maybe not the haggis, although I’ll certainly be trying it when I do finally get to Scotland.

    Thank you for the nice giveaway! I love the colors in the crewel kit, they’re so soft and lovely. 🙂

  83. Hello Mary, Well I did my homework and I like them all but the one I would like to do first is from level 3 and it is Pillow Wild Wood. I just love pillows, have heaps on every bed and all the couches, cant get enough and the colours in this beautiful piece just caught my eye. On another subject have just downloaded your tutorial on the herringbone stitch with the lacing and it is so much fun, have practiced enough, now about to get serious and put it on an embroidered book I am making for my daughter.

  84. Hi Mary-
    Perfect way to get folks to look thru Phillipa’s website!
    I like the firescreen the best because of the way the space is filled. Also like the muted colors and the subjects. The next for me is the one you featured in your post.

    thanks! Cindy

  85. I love these kits!!!! Since I have only done one crewel kit in my life, I consider myself a beginner. I love the Elizabethan Snails in Level 1! I am a fan of animals, reptiles, bugs, sealife, etc. I am interested in fabric textiles. I love to watch the various threads become an art when finished. A blank canvas transformed into a beautiful design!

    Thank you for the beautiful give-away!

  86. Hi Mary,

    What a difficult job, but I think in the end my favorite is the Secret Squirrel. I love to do animals and birds in my stitchery and always tend to gravitate to them. Squirrels are a favorite of mine…must be those bushy tails!
    Thank you for another amazing give-away…

  87. I have never done crewel work, but since seeing the beautiful piece here, I am intrigued. Its beautiful!! I checked out Level One on Phillipa’s website and LOVED the Jacobean Squirrel (devilishly charming little critters). On level 2, the Parrots were charming but I also liked the Stag. Its medeval (sp) was lovely and the muted tones cry fall/winter at the fireplace. On level 3 I loved the Jacobean Long pillow. A lovely cushion for the back while creating dreamy handwork. When I get used to doing crewel, I want to do the entire screen piece with the parrots as a hanging in my bedroom.

  88. I like the Marriage Pillowe. The little people are so cute, and it’s very romantic. I’m sure you could even embroider names on it to personalize it if you happen to be married which would make it extra special.

  89. Hi Mary,
    Wow – what a giveaway! My favorite Crewel Company kit is the Jacobean Long Pillowe. I’ve had my eye on it for a while because I love the pattern, the colors and the shape.
    I’d love to stitch the parrots and have my fingers crossed! Thank you for offering a wonderful project.

  90. Hi Mary,
    This is truly wonderful! My favorite kit is the Jacobean Fantasy (level 2), because it is very similar to a piece of crewelwork I have from my great grandmother. She did quite a bit of embroidery – mostly linens and wall hangings. Learning crewelwork is one of my lifetime goals, so that I can do justice to my family’s tradition of needlework.

  91. Hands down the Jacobean Peony. First, because it’s at my level and looks doable. Second, the flowers look like they are being kissed by a summer breeze. Third, it makes me smile.

  92. I really love the Heartsease Pansy. I love the beautiful colors and the fact that it is a level one piece. I have never worked a crewel piece and am quite twitterpated with this beautiful piece. Another piece that I am enamored with are the Elizabethan Snails. They are so cute and the piece looks easy enough to finish, being that it is also a level one piece. It was difficult choosing just one so I went ahead and chose two. I hope that I win so that I could try my hand at some crewel!!!

    Thank you for the chance to win!!


    Mindi from Livermore, California

  93. My favorite of her kits is the Levens Hall Pillowe. The patterned stitches just look like so much fun! Actually my 2nd favorite is the parrots. What luck if I should win that kit. I’ve always admired Phillipa Turnbull’s work and her website is on my favorites list. Thanks to you and to her for offering us a chance to win it.

  94. I have, unknowingly, passed Phillipa Turnbull home/office on my way to see my father in Carlisle, Cumbria. I am SOOOO tempted next time i visit him to stop on the way………. just to look you know :))

    My favourite!!!!!! I love them all. The Pansies if I am really pushed though

  95. After carefully looking at each kit on the 3 different levels I decided on the Mellerstain Parrots. Such a variety of stitches on this piece makes it very appealing to stitch; french knots, long & short, stem and others. I also think it is the best looking one of all the kits. I also love the colors used which blend into any setting. The history behind this beautiful piece taken from the fire screen would make it fun to tell friends about if I win and stitch this beautiful piece. I started crewel embroidery when I was in highschool, but it has been a long time since I have done any creweling and I am now in my 60’s. I always loved working with the crewel wool!! Here’s hoping I win! And thanks to you Mary for the wonderful give-a-way. Sherry Lou

  96. My favorite kit is the Scottish Thistle. It’s pretty, of course. The purple thistle is very common in Utah mountains, where I am now. And it offers six crewel stitches from just one kit, which is very useful for totally beginners (like I am).

  97. The screen! The screen! The Mellerstain Firescreen has to be my favorite of the crewel kits on The Crewel Work Company Website. I love the fact that it is based on a historical piece and that it includes a squirrel and a deer with the parrots. I have no idea where I would use a firescreen, but maybe I can start a new trend by putting it in my dining area!

  98. There are so many beautiful choices, but I think that the Mellerstain Firescreen is still my favorite. I’m so glad that you told us about the Mellerstain Parrots. I would love to stitch this. Thanks so much!

  99. Oh how naughty you are, Mary, to have introduced me these glorious designs and kits, but I thank you! For the generation of us introduced to embroidery during the Crewel Craze of the 60’s in the US, it’s hard not to say ALL are favorites. True to your instructions ‘though, I’ll pick the Levens Hall Pillowe (level 2) because I like the unusual (to me) stitches and nifty effects they make. Thanks for the introduction and sponsoring the Crewel Work Company’s generous give-away. Best wishes, Shirley

  100. I would say the Elizabethan Snails
    they are too cute and it would be an easy place to start. I have done embroidery and needle work for years but have not tried crewel. Thank You for having this contest and introducing me to crewel. Best Wishes, Nancy

  101. Loved the Heartsease pansy for colors and simplicity of design. Thanks for the great contest and for introducing us to such beautiful websites and designers.

  102. I especially like the “Tulip Tree”. I primarily looked at the level 2 choices because I feel that’s just my speed. Thanks….love getting your emails!

  103. The Crewel Company offers truly beautiful stitchery kits. As a bird owner/lover I am particularly taken by the featured kit ” Mellerstain Parrots “. The colors and detail of this design are just beautiful, and the use of wool yarn gives the birds dimension. This design made into a pillow would be a beautiful addition to my home.

  104. Hi Mary–you are very generous once again with your give aways! I have often looked at Phillipa’s site with great oohs and ahsss– and even tried to coincide trips to UK with possible workshops there. Her kits look quite remarkable.
    My favourite? the one you are giving away the Mellerstain Firescreen–those parrots are particularly gogeous and as i am very much in a Jacobean stitching mode (Talliaferro waiting to be stitched and several other projects underway) winning this kit would be pure magic. Thanks for your own fantastic website and blogs . Helen in Perth Australia 🙂

  105. I just love the Scottish Thistle. The two little rabbits at the bottom are adorable!

    Thank you for the link to this site. Crewel is where I started in needlework (a funky little owl, if my memory serves). I haven’t worked it in years!

  106. Visitei o site e realmente foi muito difícil escolher entre tantas maravilhas, mas o Jacobean Wild Wood me encantou, pois as flores parecem dançar ao sabor de uma brisa e isso me deixou inebriada. Que trabalhos lindos!!

  107. Boy, you really make it difficult to answer this question. I drooled over all of her kits but I would really like to have the Firescreen as it would give me a major challenge. Being new to crewel I would have to start with the Level 1 kits and build up to the firescreen. So I guess that means I would want the Jacobean Sampler in Level 1, then Millerstream Parots of Level 2 and then Elizabethan Oakapple Tree to prefect my skills so I could tackle screen.

  108. Hi Mary!

    What a generous giveaway! In the end, I had less trouble than I had anticipated in selecting a favorite Philippa Turnbull: I like Jacobean Fantasy best because it is very colorful and full of movement. The other ‘jacobean’ flavored offerings, while lovely, are more static – which is true to the tradition, but not necessarily very exciting to the eye. That said, the parrots are ever so cute, and I would thoroughly enjoy stitching them, were I the lucky winner.

  109. At first I was going to say the Oakapple tree from the Level 3 kits was my favourite. But really, I think the “Secret Squirrel” pillow in the Level 1 kits is the most charming, so that’s the one that gets my vote.

    But I do love parrots too, so I sincerely hope I win!

  110. What a wonderful website – how to choose between such lovely items! I think the Mellerstein Parrotts come first – I love the idea of doing ‘shading’ in wools instead of silk and the colours are just so sumptuous; but a very close second is the Levens Hall pillowe – I just love the variety of stitches in that design, and I would learn such a lot from that particular kit (though I would learn so much from any of them) – and living in Newcastle I am not that far from Cumbria and Levens Hall. I think that will be somewhere I shall be visiting very soon! Thank you for such generous give-aways.

  111. Since I have already been fascinated by her website and her work, this was easy – oops- maybe not. I just love the marriage pillowe. It is unique and utterly charming!

    I have visited and admired her work for some time now. As I revisited her site I was drawn
    again to the Marriage Pillowe. The happy couple are absolutely charming! Your other readers may love snails and squirrels, but is the love struck duo for me!

  112. OOO the rabbits in Level 2 or the snails in Level 1….more the rabbits because I always think of the nut brown hare from The Velveteen Rabbit when I see the brown ones!

    Loved the stag and the marriage pillow too.

  113. Oh, my! When I saw these birds, the colors, I fell in love. I’ve got to have this kit – win or buy it!

    Mary, you have the most unique and beautiful website that I’ve found and am constantly intrigued by the vast quantity and quality of items you put before us. I just don’t have enough fingers and time to do all that I want to do!

    Thanks for all your work and talent that you share with us.


  114. I love almost every kit but my favorite is the Wedding Pillow something about it reminds me of my grandmother she had a similar pillow on her bed for many years after she passed it just disappeared and I loved the pillow for the beautiful work and all the memories I would love to do some crewel work so would love this great give a way it is such a wonderful prise

  115. All of the designs are wonderful, but there is something about the red in “Jacobean Fantasy” that makes it my favorite. Another favorite, if I am allowed to say, is “Mellerstain Parrots/Firescreen.” The whole website is marvelous and I enjoyed visiting. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

  116. The kit is gorgeous and just the project to restart my needle skills. I’d love to work on the parrots or some other Jacobean foliage. Crewel will go so well with my applique project.

  117. My, It was hard to choose!. I love the Elizabethan Oakapple Tree the best but the snails came in a close second.
    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  118. Hi Mary 🙂

    I’ve been dying to try crewel work and I’ve read that Appleton Wool is THE best! I’ve been to Phillipa’s site and am in love with all her Jacobean kits, but I think I like the Wild Wood best – plenty of stitching and a gorgeous theme. Though it’s Level 3, I think I could manage it! 🙂

    So exciting to have a chance to win such a beautiful kit!

  119. The Levens Hall Pillowe really caught my eye. I love the bright colors and adore the stylized acanthus plant. The design is absolutely timeless. The second piece of crewel I ever did, many many moons ago, was a Jacobean tree of life. The kits reminded me of that wonderful experience. Thanks so much for telling us about Phillipa’s site!

  120. For God sake, what are you doing with us? 🙂 I said I will never dig into crewel and was resistant to all beaties so far. Now just looking to the site I completely forget all my promisses 🙂 They all are just fabulous! The most beautiful for me are:
    1. Jakobean Fantasy
    2. The Tulip Tree
    3. Jakobean Wild Wood
    What shall I do now? Drop off all other embroidery and head to crewel???? Would like to win, but possibly better if someone else wins – I will be safe in my promisses

  121. Dear Mary,

    Beautiful give away. My favorite one on Level 1 is Jacobean Sampler. Though I have a mental problem with always wanting to do the harder challenge like Level 3 on ALL embroidery I must say that the sampler teaches six stitches so by the time I’m through an easier task I’m a master of the stitches. It requires patience to arrive at another level. Sally Collins, a quilt professional says you only have to get it right once and that is the last time you do it. Excellent statement.
    . Excellent.

  122. I like the Levens Hall Pillowe best for its intricate motif and vivid colours. It seems like a typical Jacobean pattern and I would love to work on something like this as I’ve never tried Jacobean embroidery before.

  123. Dear Mary, thank you for offering this giveaway of a simply stunning kit. My favorite of them all is the Jacobean Fantasy kit, mostly because of the bright colors, and the full sized fire screen is a close second.

  124. I decided I like the Tulip Tree in level 2 as the kit I would most like to work, and that I probably have the skill to work. Besides, it’s the state tree of Indiana.

    I enjoyed doing Crewel Work in the 60’s, except for threading the needle. Not knowing the correct way to do it, I put a piece of Scotch tape on the end of a piece of yarn, cut it to the size to go through the eye of the needle, threaded the needle, and cut off the part of the yarn that had the Scotch tape on it.

    I liked the squirrel kit in level 1 and the oak tree in level 3, too. The squirrel might be just the kit to get me back into crewel work and get my hand used to doing the stitches. It looked a little too simple. The oak tree, on the other hand, looked like it had too much shading for me to handle in the trunk of the tree alone. I suppose I could do it if there were very good instructions and good markings on the fabric.

  125. I love the colours used in these embroideries and would like to try at sewing one . They are stuning and are probably fun to make .

  126. Hi Mary,

    What a beautiful pillow! I like the Heartsease in level one because pansies are my favorite flower after lilacs:) I would love to work on this one and get back into crewel work not working on it for so many years.

  127. I’ve enjoyed Ms. Turnbull’s work for years. I had a chance to do one of them several years ago, and I was impressed with the design, the directions and the colors of wool. Her kits are almost as good as taking a class from her. I’m always seduced by color, and am drawn to the Jacobean Fantasy piece. I’ve been doing a lot of crazy quilting lately, and I think it’s time for me to get back to the discipline of crewel.
    Nancy in Newport

  128. For some reason I could not get to the second or third level, I kept getting “server not found”.
    Therefore I guess I’m out of luck. I learned to do crewel as I waited to be diagnosed with cancer, many years ago and never took it up again. I love Ms.Turnbull’s work and wish to be able to attend her workshops, but that is near to impossible for me to travel. Good luck and congratulations to the winner.

  129. oh the birds are lovely! I do hope to win this one as I adore any bird anything! Crewel work was some of my very first stitching so fond memories for sure… very hard to choose a fav but I would love to stich the Jacobian wildwood …luv luv the richness in color..its a level 3 I think…very nice site! ty for the heads up!

  130. I love the Mellerstain Firescreen. I have always been interested in history and fascinated with firescreens and I’ve always wanted one.

  131. Never done crewel work, but sure am interested so put my name ‘in the hat’. Thanks for all the opportunities to win great items!!

  132. Not an easy question, unless “all of the above” is acceptable. First, I headed towards Level 1 “Terrified.” That’s me. But besotted at the same time. The Jacobean Sampler caught my eye right away, as it reminded me of my mother’s sofa. Wouldn’t it look fine perched there,l though I love the design regardless of where it ends up. But that squirrel is so darn cute. Then again, it is squirrel vs tomato season, so I’m feeling some ill will towards them now. Well, the Scottish Thistle resonated with me because of my Scottish heritage, and the tiny bunnies are so dear. Oh, let’s say Jacobean Peony is my favorite because it is such a striking design, and I really like them all almost equally.

  133. With so many beautiful projects, who can choose just one? I especially like the deer, squirrel, rabbits and birds; but I’m also drawn to the Jacobean Wild Wood kit.


  134. Dear Mary,
    Thank you for showing this to me. It is beautiful. I went to the website and decided that I will buy the Elizabeethan Stag. I live in the NJ Pine Barrens, and, last week, there was a fawn grazing in my back yard. I think that is a sign.


  135. I am in the middle of a crewel project. My very first one and have fallen in love with the wool threads. I looked at Phillpa’s site and had a hard time choosing a favorite, but I think I would go with the Elizabethan Snails. I love the simplicity, but yet it really makes an impact. Plus I love bugs in needlework, even if it is a snail.

    Mary in Oregon

  136. I love the Rabbits kit (level 2), not only because I think my 4 year old (a budding stitcher herself!) would love those sweet rabbits, but because I think it would be a good practice piece to improve my crewel stitching!

  137. These kits are gorgeous! I am a huge fan of her work mainly because she incorporates so much history into her samplers. I also love the color palettes that she uses. Many times, I feel like kits are not worth the cost, but this is not the case with Phillipa Turnbull kits!

  138. What eye candy! You find the best shops. I have never ordered from a company overseas and she has such lovely/useful items like the seat frame. I love flowers, birds, animals and bugs so I want them all. My favorites from each category:
    Level 1 Elizabethan Snails (such character)
    Level 2 Mellerstain Firescreen (has the birds, stag, flowers
    Level 3 Jacobean Long Pillow.
    If I have to narrow it down more, I would say the Mellerstain Firescreen because it has so much of what I love. Thank you for sharing.

  139. Dear Mary,
    Thanks so much for offering this splendid kit to be won! I love the birds, but I have always loved Jacobean crewel embroidery. Even though it was difficult to choose just one design, my favorite is ‘Jacobean Fantasy’. The colors are so bright and beautiful!
    Thanks again,
    Cindy in Florida

  140. Thank you for another web site. Your blog is indispensible.
    Like you said it is difficult to pick your favorite. I like working with wool and love the colors that are available. In addition, birds are a favorite. So,in the end the Millerstain Parrots are my favorite.

  141. Ouch, hard question. My favourite is the Eyam Hall Bedhanging, because of the huge variety of stitches used to create this fun design! This would be very interesting to work, I think.

  142. I love your website; you’ve inspired me to start embroidering again. I would love to win this beautiful crewel kit. My favorite kit is the level 2 Jacobean Fantasy, I think. I would learn more about long and short stitches and the colors are perfect for my living room!

  143. My favorite is the Jacobean Long Pillowe. I love the design, the colors, & the shape. I have added this site to my favorites. I thoroughly enjoy the contacts to whom you introduce us!

  144. The firescreen is absolutely my favorite. I’ve always wanted one. I love all the little critters besides the parrots I think the hard part would be coming up with a stand like Phillipa’s – might have to find a woodworker who could make me one. Also I think I’m probably a Level 2 stitcher. I got to find a conversion chart so I can see if I can afford it!

  145. My favorite Phillipa kit was the Levens Hall Pillowe… the colors and texture and the weaving stitch fascinate me and would look so pretty on my couch or on my bed. I did have to narrow it down to the one because I have (like you Mary) about 5 favorites. Perusing Phillipa’s website was happiness at all levels. Thank you for sharing!
    When my mom passed this past winter I returned to my home the crewel piece I had done for her many many moons ago… I’d forgotten I had even stitched it.

  146. I love crewel embroidery! I had to learn to embroidery, crochet and sew as a youngster. Didn’t do much until I lived in Germany (military husband). The pillows I did are long gone with all the use they had, but my beautiful oriental flowering tree is still hanging in my family room. The bird kit you are giving away is wonderful. The colors are the colors in my home and I really need a new pillow in my living room!

  147. I am brand spanking new to your website. I have been signed up for about l week and wished I had known about you sooner. I absolutely loved the Levens Hall Pillow hands down. I love the colors and the texture is out of this world. I enjoyed the pictures up close and personal. May have to have that one!

  148. Thank you for the wonderful give-away. I love reading all the techniques on your blog. My favorite crewel kit is Rabbits. The two reddish-brown rabbits remind me of the two Belgian hares, Hareson and Scarlett O’Hara, that my daughter takes care of for our neighbor. They are such sweet hares.

  149. I love the snails! No special reason other then I like snails!
    I really do like this kit though, the birds are beautiful.

  150. My favorite Phillipa Turnbull kit has to be the Rabbits in level 2. I ‘ve had a rabbit collection for as long as I can remember and these 2 fellows…or are they girls? are too cute. I once went so far as to have pet rabbits that were house/litter box trained…bt I digress. The 2nd best thing about the Rabbit piece is that it also contains the acorns which is the part I love the best about the giveaway piece. And thirdly-the colors lok perfect for my living room! An all around good deal.

  151. The Elizabethan Oak Tree….. That’s the one I would like to have (in addition to the Mellerstain Firescreen, Parrots, etc.) Her designs are so beautiful. I like the historic “feel” to them. And they have a certain kind of visual softness. Really Good Stuff! Thanks Mary!

  152. they are all great but I think the fantasy is my favorite I just love jacobean but then again the snails are too cute to pass up thanks for the chance to win yet another great giveaway
    Bernadette from New Mexico

  153. I love the Jacobean Wild Wood. I love the colors and it requires the use of several stiches i enjoy using in my own embroidery work. Thanks for introducing me to this amazing site!!

  154. Oh my, crewel work! Probably my favourite form of needlework even though I do all kinds of other forms. I love the traditional Jacobean themes and of Philippa’s kits, my two favourites are the Levens Hall Pillow because of the filling stitches and Jacobean Wildwood because the Tree of Life motif is my favourite crewel motif. The parrots, however, would look very nice indeed on my sofa. Keeping my needles crossed …

  155. Hola primero quiero saludarte, y agradecerte por compartir tus conocimientos, Deseo enormemente participar en tu concurso y que bueno seria salir ganadora.
    A ver si entendi tu pregunta: mi edad son 57 años y soy ALICIA DORIS EGAS DE PEREZ.
    Y DEL EQUIPO DE FILIPA me encantan el Kit nivel uno porque se adapta para mi que soy principiante, aunque todos son muy hermosos y deseo llegar a dominarlos ampliamente.

  156. My favourite is Heartsease Pansy which I have completed and made into a cushion. Philippa taught it on a less than 2 hour workshop at the Embnroiders Guild AGM a few years ago and I finished it some time later. I wouldn’t want to take on the really large projects but the one you write about and is on offer I think is delightful and would be just right for a challenge. I also .ove Secret Squirrel and intend to do it sometime. Your article was interesting and the photos good.

  157. Choose just one???? Crewel and unusual punishment. If I must choose just one, the level 3 one of the Leopard, Strawberries and Cockatoo. Then again, perhaps the level 3 Unicorn, grapes and dark blue bird.


  158. My favourite, and oh difficult with so many beauties, is the Mellerstain Parrots. I would just love to win this kit and it would be so appropriate as we are just about to embark on a months bird watching trip so the parrots would be a perfect gift to receive on our return.
    Thank you Mary for introducing me to this website with its wonderful crewel work – a technique I would love to improve on.

  159. Hello, I would like to congratulate you on such a beautiful job, I would like to participate in the competition, for now I’m learning crewell embroidery, and I find it very beautiful all its colors, the little pictures I have no words to describe it, at this time I can relate level one kit Filipa. thanks.
    My name is Alicia EGAS OF DORIS PEREZ and I have 57 years

  160. Dear Mary
    I absolutely adore crewel work and Phillipa’s kits are wonderful. My particular favourite is the Scottish Thistle, which I would work as a gift for my husband Bill(a Scot from Aberlour in the Scottish Highlands) to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary this year. Thank you for a great giveaway from Dorothy in Bideford

  161. My vote must go to the Mellerstain firescreen. The tulip tree was a close second, but the deer, the squirrel included with the parrots just put it over the top for me. The close up the the dimensional acorns must be a hint there are more elements with dimension. I started learning embroidery with Erica Wilson crewel kits. Although no longer displayed I can not part with them. These kits are so wonderful that I am very tempted to put aside the silk thread for a bit and pull out the wool.
    Thanks Mary, Marilyn

  162. OMGosh, this is gorgeous. Your question is too hard to answer. If you asked which one I would most like stitch, it would be the Mellerstain fireplace screen that matches this pillow. As for my favorite, it has to be the Secret Squirrel. It is just too cute! (I also love the bunnies.) I haven’t done any crewel in a while. This may make me move something to the head of the pile!

  163. It is very difficult to choose a favorite, but I think I can narrow it down–to two, anyway. I like the Elizabethan Snails (which are adorable) and the Elizabethan Stag very much. They have so much personality.

  164. My favorite kit is the Jacobean Fantasy kit in the level two offerings. The design is lovely- well balanced both in shape and colors. It has an interesting combinations of fill stitches, which are what fascinate me most about Jacobean work. I think it would be an interesting kit to work and stunning as a display piece.

  165. It is hard to choose as you said but if i must The Rabbits is my favorite. It is so nice of you to give away such great gifts. I would also like to tank you for making avaviable the stitches i may have never learned or have forgotten. I have been doing crewl work off and on for about 35 years.

  166. I love Phillipa Turnball’s crewel kits. I think her work is just wonderful. My favourite kit is “Rabbits” in level II, because rabbits have been my favourite animal since I was little.

  167. Hi Mary,
    My favorite is the Eyam Hall Bedhanging… why?
    First off the color’s – they call you in for a closer look. Then you find yourself enticed further with all the texture the rarely seen 17th Century stitches from the 1680 original piece unfolds! And if that’s not enough, it’s a rare family owned piece, a part of their ancestry that so many people forget nowadays. It urges you on to honor it and enjoy.

    Have a great day and Thanks for asking!

  168. All of the kits are beautiful. From level one, my favorite is Secret Squirrel, Level two, is Jacobean Fantasy, and Level Three has the beautiful Jacobean Long Pillow. Thank you for always seeking out the best designers and products for your readers.

  169. Hi – Thanks for another beautiful giveaway.
    My favorite of all the crewel designs is the entire Mellerstain Firescreen. It is absolutely stunning and I’m one who likes to take on big challenges. Each part of it is lovely and together they are stunning.
    I would love to win the parrots section.

  170. Such beautiful kits on the website, but my most favorite is the Muncaster Lion shown under the Historic section. I also adore the Mellerstain Firescreen which is where the parrots come from, and I was surprised it is a Level 2. Thanks so much for sharing this site – I’d not seen it before and she has some very lovely kits.

  171. OMG! I covet these every year when I go to the knitting and stitching show at Ally Pally. I think the Level 2 Jacobean Fantasy would be my choice, it has everything I like about crewel work, leaves with other things embroidered inside them, blue leaves, swirls, laid and couched work, and beautiful colours used in a slightly bonkers way. Crossing my fingers extra hard that I win, my embroidery muse needs a gentle kick …..

  172. My favourite is the Jacobean Fantasy cushion which is level 2. It reminds me of my aunties house which is an immaculately furnished old renovated house. It also says it is perfect for beginners – which I am! 🙂

  173. I’m a sucker for anything Jacobean and I really like the Long Pillowe. I was hoping you were offering a free trip to England. I drooled over the Lady Anne trip to Phillipa’s and beyond but sadly I didn’t win the lottery.

  174. unicorn grapes and dark blue bird would be my first choice… but since it’s a needlepoint my crewel kit of preference would be the heartsease pansy. thank you for introducing us to this wonderful site.

  175. My favorite crewel kit is “The Marriage Pillowe”. Just beautiful. I think what I really like about these beautiful kits is that they are separated into skill levels. That is very helpful. Thanks for the give-away.

  176. Oh what is not to like!!!! After enjoying my time looking at the beautiful kits, my choice was simple The Elizabethan Oakapple Tree kit. The beautiful soft colours, the wonderful stitches, and this is my favourite tree and of course the acorns!!!!!! Once stitched, you can have this piece made up as a square or round cushion or framed piece.

    Thank you Mary for your wonderful blog and website.

  177. Eyam Hall Bedhanging | Crewel Work
    Hi Mary,
    After much oohing and ahhing, I have selected this kit as my favourite for *today*.
    I really appreciate ‘traditional”‘ forms of needle arts being given new dimensions which widens the audience. I can imagine this cushion on *my* furniture but fitting equally well into my daughter’s decor.
    I did win something once – at 10 I won a port decanter at the school fair, so I live in hope!
    I am soooo appreciative of your love and enthusiasm for all things ‘needled’.
    ATB Carole-Jayne

  178. Ok!! That was hard, but have to choose 2, I love the Jacobean Wild Wood, but would be foolish not to also love the pansy in level 1.
    Her work is wonderful!

  179. I like the “Levens Hall Pollowe” it has some facinating stitches I’d like to try. I do some Crewel work, I have never done a design by Phillipe Turnbull, so that would be a first form me and I would be ready to accept that challenge. Her designs are so beautiful.
    Ana-Maria from Cambridge

  180. You always offer some wonderful give-aways ! Many thanks for that !
    In fact, this design (Mellerstain Parrots) really caught my eyes. I also love the Elizabethan Oakapple Tree, with its soft colors. I never stitched with crewel wool, this would be a first try !

  181. You are so right Mary !!! I had difficulty choosing and ended up with three possibilities, i.e. Mellerstain Firescreen, Elizabethan Oakapple Tree and The Marriage Pillowe. I finally settled on the MELLERSTAIN FIRESCREEN. It reminds me of a combination of both William Morriss and Elizabethan designs, both of which I am partial to. The parrots have the cutest expressions on their faces.
    Although I have not tried Crewelwork to date, I am booked to do a workshop next year at the Koala Textile & Embroidery Convention in Brisbane so looking forward to that. I have been going there for 4 years and each year like to try a new technique.
    How amazing to win this glorious kit which would enable me to give
    Crewelwork a good try !!
    Cheers…………Kaye – Australia

  182. Hi Mary,
    My pick is the Elizabethan Oakapple Tree in level 3. I love the colours, the size and the formation of this one the best.
    Thankyou Mary for all the work you do, you are truely an inspirational woman.

  183. Mary
    That was hard to choose but I like the Scottish Thisle the very best. The purples are cute and so are the little bunnies. It have a nice mix or of colors and stitches. Thanks for giveaway.

  184. I love the Jacobean Long Pillowe in Level 3! The design is beautifully classic and the size is unusual. I started my stitching with crewel and have always loved it. Even though I work primarily in needlepoint these days, I still pick up crewel work at intervals for the sheer sensual pleasure of it. There is nothing quite like it, the colors, the textures, all of it! I started out with the Elsa Williams and Erica Wilson kits and still find ones I haven’t stitched on auction sites. What a treat! And now of course I have Crewel Work Company!

  185. THANK YOU! I have never heard of this website and have just finished very pleasant time on the site and like many of the kits, but must say
    I like the parrots on the Mellerstain FIrescreen. best because they make me smile. crewel was one of the first needlework pieces I ever did, and always
    Go back once in a while and do a piece. I would start this piece the minute it
    Arrived if I was blessed to win it!!!!!

  186. Hi Mary,
    My favorite kit of Phillipa’s is the “Elizabethan Oakapple Tree ” . Skill level 2. I like it because of the colors, they are soft and exquisite. (there is also a kit that has deep blues abd reds in it that love too!) They speak to me. I think I’ll have to use some Birthday money to purchase this little diddy!! I love crewel work and Jacabean is a period that I’m enchanted with. Phillipa’s kits look like she made them with me in mind, also the skill level is a little harder than I’m used to and it would be great to work on something more challenging. I’m a fall girl all the way and love the flora and fauna subjects found in crewel work. Thank you love your giveaways!!

    Always, Melissa Bird

  187. It has always been a fantasy of mine to stitch something of such elegance. I’m in love with the Elizabethan Stag. There is just something so pristine and tranquily about the scence. It isn’t overly compelecated, yet it drew my attention. Maybe I’m being overly imaginative. I think subconsciously my childhood favorite moive drew me.
    Thank you for the give away. Keep stitching,

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