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Crewel Embroidery

Crewel Embroidery

We had seen previously about embroidery designs and its types. Crewel is a form of embroidery in which wool is used to make the embroidery designs.  This is commonly used to make designs in sweaters and stockings. However, due to the raised effect given by the woolen stitches, crewel embroidery can also be used for decorative purposes. Let’s see how.

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Unlike the usual embroidery methodology where we hold the fabric in a frame and make the designs, crewel embroidery is more of free hand embroidery in which a sketch of the design is made and then you start making the stitches.

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Pillow cases can be used as the base to make crewel patterns. This could either be a self design (crewel embroidery made in the same color as the pillow case fabric) or could be a different color which showcases the pattern more clearly.

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Since crewel is made with wool and the designs are raised, one may even try to use French knots during stitching as this adds more charm to the design. While making patterns in stockings or socks, a single bead or few small beads may be stitched along to give it a more decorated look. This can be done on your Christmas stockings too!

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Most people use traditional embroidery designs such as creepers or floral patterns on household fabrics, while for decorative items and wall hangings made, innovative and more creative designs may be made.

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