Crewel embroideryCrewel embroidery
is an embroidery
technique which is at east a thousand years old. It was used in the Bayeux Tapestry
, in Jacobean embroidery
and in the Quaker tapestry
The word crewel comes from an ancient word describing the curl in the staple, the single hair of the wool. Crewel wool has a long staple; it is fine and can be strongly twisted.
The crewel technique is not a counted-thread embroidery (like canvas work), but a style of free embroidery.
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