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Trend Alert: Updated Crewelwork

Crewelwork is a decorative form of surface embroidery that uses wool and a variety of different embroidery stitches, and dates back at least 1,000 years. The technique was trendy in the '90s (think granny tapestry) but it's been "out" for at least 10 years now. Back then, fabrics with crewelwork also tended to have a common style of pattern — see this bench — which now just looks stale. Crewelwork is back now and better than ever with fresh patterns, colors, and motifs that jive with both traditional and modern homes. From animal print rugs to peace sign tapestries to abstract botanical-inspired pillows, it's a crewel, crewel world these days. To see a range of updated crewelwork finds,


Home Home 8 years
I know; I love the parrot fabric on that chair. My aunt designed it for a client of hers.
nancita nancita 8 years
Yes, that chair in the photo is awesome! I like this stuff but I never knew what crewel was. Thanks!
charlotteannette charlotteannette 8 years
what is the fabric on that chair in the photo??
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