March 19, 2012

Monday's Lesson: Pattern 101 Crewel

With the hot topics of Ikat, Suzani and Chevron ticked off the list what is the next pattern to tackle? Well with thanks to a good friend it was today suggested that we look at Crewel [it’s cool to be crewel!].
Crewel Embroidery or Crewel Work is a form of embroidery, specifically done using wool. The name translates to ‘ball of thread’ and has origins as far back as the 16th century.

Original 16th century Crewel work is often labelled Jacobean and refers to a recognisable arrangement of three specific patterns, being the ‘Tree of Life’ [a large trunk or stem filled with flowing leaves, exotic fruits and flowers], the ‘Elizabeth Scroll’ [sweeping large scale stems of leaves and flowers], and a ‘Wavy Border’ [a wave design enclosed by straight lines encapsulating a small design]. Jacobean patterns still today influence Crewel design however modern Crewel is now an array of all incorporating pattern and colour.

Nieman Marcus Crewel external back upholstered occasional chair, love!
Claremont Crewel By Schumacher

Tobi Farley Crewel upholstered dining chairs with matching drapery
Kravet Crewel.
Lee Jofa Crewel - Jacobean.
Beautiful double height Crewel drapery by Joe Nahem.

Williams Sonoma Crewel Bedlinen.
I love the contemporary Crewel of both the headboard and valance. As to what else is meant to be happening in that bedroom I am just not sure.
Chelsea Crewel by Jan Baker fabrics.
If you’re interested in more ways to incorporate a little Crewel work into your life, check out my Pinterest board

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