I recently won this vintage crewel throw blanket from ebay, and I've been working on a crewel embroidery project for my next book, so I made today's inspiration mosaic from crewelwork!
1. crewel embroidery pillow, 2. God Bless Our Pad, 3. crewel sachet, 4. Framed Crewel Embroidery Owl circa 1960s, 5. Crewel World, 6. thrifted crewel pillow, 7. littlevillage, 8. Cruel Crewel Love — wool crewel-worked owl with heart in shabby painted frame, 9. daisychain-AtoP
Crewel is traditionally stitched with wool thread on linen fabric. It has a great, puffy, 3 dimensional look to it! not to mention lots of fun, vintagey patterns available out there. :) I've only recently started working in crewel myself and I really like it. If you're interested in trying it out, I highly recommend Katherine Shaughnessy's book, The New Crewel. Also check out her website: www.woolandhoop.com There are also lots of vintage crewel kits and patterns on ebay and etsy.