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Little Owl SmartCrafts TM offers crewel embroidery patterns.
To study crewel embroidery welcome to visit our crewel classes and workshops tought by Tatiana Popova.
Crewel or jackobean embroidery came from England. It is rather an old embroidery technique (they say it is at least a thousand years old) which development did not go smoothly, of course. It gained its second name due to King James I of England who renewed it in the beginning of the 17th century.
That seemed to be the Golden Age for crewel embroidery for at that period it flourished in fanciful shapes of plants and animals, the former often borrowed from richly decorated Indian fabrics.
Though the main characteristics of crewel embroidery - as well as the source of derivation of its name - is using wool thread, nowadays a huge variety of floss and thread is used to stitch crewel designs.
Another interesting detail is that at its very dawn crewel embroidery used very few stitches - just three or four of them, while nowadays it fountains with different stitches and embroidery techniques.
A funny thing: nowadays we use both names (crewel and jackobean) as synonims. Still, if thinking it over, during the longer part of its history it was only known as crewel.
There hardly are many typical crewel stitches, i.e. that originates from crewel embroidery for most of them are used in other embroidery techniques as well. One of the excaptions is the so-called Bayaex stitch used for the famous tapestry of the 11th century.
Modern version of crewel embroidery keeps developing, being enreached not only in threads and texture, but also in seed bead embroidery and even some techniques of Brasilian embroidery.
One of the most popular tradition motif of crewel embroidery is the Tree of Life.
And it is a lot of fun to master crewel stitches for quite a lot of them are easy to work, providing a nice texture and 3-d result.
Welcome to enjoy your own travel to Crewel Wonderland using jackobean embroidery patterns by Little Owl SmartCraftsTM!