Date: May 24, 2021 | Story: Tiffany Adams | Photography: Rett Peek |
Dimension, texture, and an abundance of color are just a few of the qualities you’ll find in crewel fabric. Defined as intricate stitch work completed exclusively in wool yarn, crewel work has a slightly bulkier, richer appearance than its counterpart embroidery, which uses thread. Traditionally crafted on a linen background, scenes of nature, such as vines and flowers, are often depicted. In its earliest manifestation, crewel work appeared frequently on decorative tapestries, the most famous of which is the Bayeux Tapestry. Spanning an impressive 230 feet, this tapestry was completed in the 11th century to portray the Norman Conquest.
Today, the delightful technique makes excellent fabric for tablecloths, chair backs, and drapes.
Fabrics available through Designer Effects, Little Rock, designereffects.net
Green throw / tablecloth available at Tipton & Hurst, Little Rock, tiptonhurst.com