Mary Corbet

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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Crewel Work Kits


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I love crewel work, and I think any beginner can learn crewel embroidery, especially if you start with a good kit. Crewel work teaches a whole variety of stitches, too, so it’s a good way to expand your repertoire of stitches and also to fine tune some of the more difficult stitches and techniques, such as long-and-short stitch shading.

What is crewel work? Basically, it’s embroidery in somewhat bold designs, usually on linen or linen twill, using wool threads. It’s great for home accents, and is often seen worked on pillows and cushions, for wall hangings, etc.

If you’re looking for some good crewel embroidery kits, here are a couple neat shops with good or interesting selections:

Twining Thread: they have a whole variety of crewel kits, which come with the prepared fabric, all the wools, and detailed instructions.

Accomplishments Shop: they have some gorgeous kits – somewhat pricey, but they would certainly work up into heirloom quality pieces. Check out the Crewel Work Company kits that they carry. They’re stunning!

Now that the holiday rush is over and the New Year has begun, you might want to sink your fingers into a good project that will carry you through the rest of the winter. Why not try crewel work?

If you’re looking for wools for crewel embroidery, by the way, you’ll find the best deal at The Wooly Thread.


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  1. I love crewel, although store-bought kits are out of my price range. I’m guessing it would be pretty easy to convert some embroidery patterns I’ve got from online sources to crewel work, though…

  2. Good Morning Ms. Corbet, Well! You have out done any other embroiderer artist and blogger on the Internet and in other print books on the subject. I find your photographs and comments on instruction on embroidery stitches excellent. No need to say more! Thanks! ATK

  3. At long last I am finishing an Erica Wilson crewel pillow that I began in the 70’s. Because the wool thread design is so thick I am having trouble using an embroidery hoop and wonder what your experience with Q-snap frames might be for this medium. I have a Fredrix 15″ wooden frame that I bought back then but have no idea anymore what it is for.

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