Thursday, 1 May 2014

Crewel work embroidery.

This crewel work embroidery sample was stitched quite a few years ago for a class at the Royal School so I thought I would dig it out and perhaps mount it or make it into a pin cushion. It is 11x9 cms so quite small but suitable for a two day class for beginners. It is stitched on traditional linen twill so very tough fabric using Appleton crewel wools. It is all stitched with one strand apart from the coral stitch which is two as I feel very often this need to be bulked up.

Crewel work embroidery sample. 

Close up showing long and short stitch, padded satin stitch(with padding), seeding, raised stem band, cretan, french knot trellis and whipped herringbone among others. 

Close up showing tiny whipped wheels, buttonhole scallops, coral stitch and whipped stem stitch.


  1. I remember you helping me with my Jacobean crewel work piece when I did my certificate with the school. You showed me some of the stitches you have used here. You were one of my favourite tutors, thank you for all your help.

  2. Elaina, lovely to hear from you. I hope you are still embroidering and using all those stitches !!