Crewel – oh how I love thee:
Wikipedia says: Crewel is a decorative form of surface embroidery using wool and a variety of different embroidery stitches to follow a design outline applied to the fabric. The technique is at least a thousand years old.
You can learn the fine technique of crewel in these nifty little kits by Purl Soho – don’t you love a mushroom fairy ring? Or maybe you want a brightly colored Scottish thistle on a pillow…
I always envisioned the lady of Shalott doing crewelwork on her tapestry:
the lovely painting by Waterhouse oh and another one:
So is it any wonder that on our curtain search, when we ran across this lovely soft white fabric with crewel embroidery – it came to live with me? I love it most in the morning when the light filters through and the crewelwork glows. When pulled back – the dimensional embroidery almost disappears.
Every night I pull our old bright blue curtains with purple and gold edging closed in the bedroom and I have to resist the urge to wrap myself up in them. Looks like you may have found your soulmate curtains as well. I’m so pleased that you’re getting your all white and cream room after so much longing, discussion, and fighting bright Purple People Eater roommates like me – ha!
This makes me so happy – I have a wee something for you – along the lines of purple crazy curtains I believe you’re going to love.
Turns out I cannot stray from my beigey grey roots. I wear the beige scarf you gave me years ago almost every single winter day!!!