Win New Crewel The Motif Collection – surface embroidery with wool

New Crewel

New Crewel The Motif Collection

When I was younger, before I had children, I made a beautiful raccoon picture that I still have to this day using a technique called crewel. Crewel is a form of surface embroidery that uses wool and a variety of embroidery stitches. Crewel projects range from very simple to more complex projects that are really truly stunning. I totally admit to having fairly basic skill in crewel embroidery but it’s one of those crafts I’d really like to explore more.

New Crewel: The Motif Collection: More Exquisite Designs in Modern Embroidery from Katherine Shaughnessy, author of The New Crewel has truly taken crewel embroidery to the next level. This book includes thirty new crewel designs, five new stitches and ten projects that all use the crewel technique. For those new to crewel, the beginning of the book includes a handy chapter on the basics. It includes a break down of the different types of materials used in crewel including the fabric, threads, hoops, accessories and needles. You will also learn the tools you need to have on hand to create these projects and new crewel techniques from beginner to more advanced. There is also an entire section on crewel stitches with easy to follow pictures so you can see how to create each one.

Each design is presented in a gallery with a large, up close photograph so you can see the finished design. For each design showcased, there are step by step instructions including fabric, thread, stitch, finishing and helpful notes to create your own. Also included is a section with projects you can create using the designs showcased in the gallery. Just a few of the crewel projects included are a linen skirt, pillow cover, and a sewing basket. Each project has step by step instructions along with a list of materials needed and possible variations. The projects refer back to the necessary stitches and patterns you’ll need to know to complete them. There is a CD of motifs included in the back of the book as well.

This book has a range of projects from beginner to advanced. Beginners will probably want to focus on mastering the individual patterns before they move onto the crafts themselves. There is no counting and no grids to use. The CD makes it easy to size the motifs to your preference depending on what project you’d like to include them on. If you’re interested in learning a new craft or expanding your knowledge of embroidery or crewel, New Crewel: The Motif Collection is a fantastic place to start.

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Article first published as Book review: New Crewel: The Motif Collection on Blogcritics.

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  1. I have never tried but would LOVE to get this because I love sewing and with 3 little ones, the best projects are ones I can do by hand and set aside! Perfect time for your giveaway as I was just thinking yesterday that I would like to embroider something for my daughter and wondered if I could just give it a go with no instruction! LOL! Thanks for the giveaway!
  2. Shannon Baas says:
    I have not tried it but would like to.
  3. I've never tried it but it looks super interesting!
  4. G Bailey says:
    never done crewel, but i'm feeling craafty
  5. Jennifer Rodriguez says:
    I haven't tried crewel, but I really want to!!
  6. Linda Kish says:
    Several lifetimes ago (about 35 years or so) I used to do crewel work. I'd love to try it again. I have no idea why I stopped other than working full time and being a single parent of a high needs child. It was fun as I remember.lkish77123 at gmail dot com
  7. I've never tried. I want to learn new needlecraft techniques.melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com
  8. sue14625 says:
    i had no idea any one even did Crewel anymore nice to see it coming back i still have several peices i did years ago
  9. I've never tried it but would love to win it to try w/ my daughter!
  10. I have never tried it but my daughter is super crafty so I 'd like to try it together!
  11. I entered this giveaway:
  12. Jessica Snook says:
    I've not tried it but I've seen some cute projects using it in the past. I'd love to learn how to do it :)
  13. Julie B. says:
    I've never tried this before, but I would like to learn, as it is fun to learn new hobbies!
  14. Several decades ago, I learned to do Crewel and enjoyed stitching many projects.  I would love to try some new modern designs! Thanks for the chance to win this great book :)
  15. Entered the Carolina Food Storage Can Organizer giveaway :)
  16. Paul T / Pauline T says:
    No, I have not heard of it but would like to try it - emscout9 at Hotmail dot com
  17. Paul T / Pauline T says:
    entered Summer Sizzle Giveaway Hop – emscout9 at Hotmail dot com
  18. No, I haven't.. it sounds fun.
  19. I entered the Klooff giveaway.
  20. Lucy Schwartz says:
    I have tried it and it was fun. In high School I made a beach bag decoratied in Crewel . I made some animal kits , framed and hung them in the baby's room years ago.
  21. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:
    I have not tried it but my daughter has vmkids3 at msn dot com
  22. never tried it buy would like to.
  23. Ed Nemmers says:
    This would be for my friend Carole!
  24. DAMIAN JARREAU says:
    I have never tried it. I am always looking to educate myself
  25. Jenny Sims says:
    I've never tried crewel, but my mother-in-law's mother made some beautiful pieces we have hanging in my home. I'd like to learn the art!
  26. Jenny Sims says:
    I entered Cheese for Dummies
  27. I love doing crewel. It's the only fiber art that I'm actually good at. I'm a painter, and I think crewel is a lot like painting. I wish I could knit, crochet, and sew well, but I'll settle for crewel. ;) I'd like to win so I could see the pretty designs and perhaps try them out for myself.
  28. have not tried it, but would love to
  29. Corey Olomon says:
    No, but I would like to try it.
  30. I used to do a lot of needlework... I'd like to get back into it again.
  31. susan smoaks says:
    i haven't ever tried before, i would love to win so i can try it
  32. shirley zolenski says:
    I haven't tried but would love to learn.
  33. I love the variety of textures and stitches which crewel presents for a piece. I have tried crewel but it has been years................................. ago. thank you.
  34. heather c says:
    I haven't ever tried it (didn't know about it), but since pinterest has taken off, I've really been excited about trying new stuff.  Might as well try this, too!
  35. heather c says:
    Entered to win this: The Dairy-free and Gluten-free Kitchen" by Denise Jardine

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