C is for Crewelwork


Crewelwork is a type of surface embroidery using wool.  An outline of an image is put on a piece of fabric, then the areas are filled in with different types of embroidery stitches.  This technique has been around for at least 1000 years.

I have made several crewel pieces over the years.  The only one I still have is the first piece I ever did.  My husband’s grandmother taught me how to do crewelwork after he and I were married.  We were at a yard sale in Lancaster.  As we were walking around, Nana found a kit to make a pillow or wall hanging.  I think we paid 25 cents for it.

When we got back to her house, she showed me how to do the crewel.  I really liked the effect that using the yarn made.  Regular embroidery floss does not give the dimension that the yarn gives.

My granddaughter Alannah did a crewel piece for her mother a couple of years ago for Mother’s day.  It is an easy project to teach young children since it works up fast and the stitches can be very basic.

Here is the wall hanging I made from that 25 cent kit we got at the yard sale.


I have always loved this piece.  Not just because it was the first crewel piece I did, but because of the bright colors used.