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.