Vintage Crewel Needlework – A Gallery

A quick post tonight, it’s late but I’ve been so keen to post these images of beautiful embroidery.

Crewel is the art of hand-embroidering wool thread. Crewel work is an ancient art, with examples found from all over the world.  The art has since come in and out of fashion, adorning bed canopies and pillows during the Victorian era, and decorating purses and clothing during the craft revival of the 1960s. There is a great post on The Etsy Blog about Erica Wilson if you would like to read more about crewel.

I’ve been searcing Etsy for some vintage retro examples of crewel work and here are my favourites.

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4 thoughts on “Vintage Crewel Needlework – A Gallery

  1. Oh my God, I love all these. I am so happy I found your blog! I have almost completed a renovation a a fibro beach shack on the central coast, i have decorated the living rooms retro style. I would love to hang one of these in the bedroom. I amoff to etsy to have a look. I hope you pop on over to my nlog and say hi!

    • Hi there. I’m going to check out your blog now…do you need vintage retro fabric for your beach house? I am due to receive 3 huge boxes of amazing fabrics next week and will be listing it all in my website shop. Thanks for stopping by. Bridget

  2. I love your vintage collection. I was an avid crewel embroiderer during the 60’s and 70’s and hope that the art becomes popular again in my lifetime. I would love to pass on the craft to a new generation so that it doesn’t get lost!

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