Introduction to Crewel Embroidery with Elizabeth Creeden

Learn from a master teacher while fashioning a lovely original design evocative of Plymouth's local flora and history.

Crewel embroidery—surface embroidery executed in wool—was popular in 16th- and 17th-century Europe, and like much of popular culture, made the jump easily to the American colonies. But here, crewel transitioned into a truly widespread vernacular art, as it was considered a crucial part of the education of many females in 18th century New England.

Elizabeth designed The Cranberry as a small beginner or intermediate piece representing Plymouth. This 5"X5" piece uses Appleton crewel wool on linen. Participants will learn several surface embroidery stitches: stem, satin, double satin, detached chain and bullion; for those who have taken Elizabeth's course The Robin, please note that some stitches you learned in that workshop will be reinforced, and new ones introduced.

 

 Elizabeth will lead you hands-on through every step of the work, and will make sure you get off on the right foot into the world of surface embroidery.

  • One full-day session.

  • All materials included.

  • Satisfying and delicious lunch included.

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