Hello Fellow Stitchers,

For many of us, we don’t limit our love of needlework to one form, meaning only counted cross stitch, only needlepoint, only knitting and so on. Over the years maybe we’ve crocheted, knitted, done stamped embroidery, and maybe we’ve even tried Crewel Embroidery.  When I was growing up (all those years ago) if my memory serves me, (and who knows about that?), anyway, it seems to me that Crewel Embroidery was very popular, and crewel embroidery kits readily available. No so these days!

Do you know how far back Crewel Embroidery “goes”?  Probably earlier than 400AD.  “Crewel”, as in Crewel Embroidery is “Welsh” and means wool.  The term Crewel Embroidery is synonymous with the term “wool embroidery”, which is what Crewel is, although today other fibers are used as well as  backgrounds other than linen, as long as the background material is strong enough and doesn’t pucker under the weight of the fiber used to stitch.

For those of you who are not familiar with the term “Crewel Embroidery”, let me try and explain:  Crewel Embroidery uses a two ply worsted type wool traditionally, and is stitched on a linen type or broadcloth type fabric.  The stitches used to do Crewel Embroidery are the same traditional stitches used in “regular” embroidery.  One of the beauties of Crewel work is that because wools are used, your stitches take on a three dimensional appearance, which adds so much to your colors used and the finished piece.

I’ve always felt that whether it be needlepoint, counted cross stitch, stamped embroidery or Crewel, you are creating your masterpiece, you are painting with fiber.

We have a limited supply of Crewel Embroidery Kits on the website. We are constantly looking for new kits, as they become available, as many people love this art form.

If you visit our website at:, and scroll down until you see Crewel Embroidery, click on the different categories to see what we have in stock.  Here’s a picture of one design. This kit comes to us from France.

I think it’s lovely.  What do you think?

Well, for many of us our children and grandchildren will be returning to school very soon.  Where has the summer gone? TIME TO START A NEW NEEDLEWORK PROJECT!!!

Till next time,

Yours in stitching,


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