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Needlework made with crewel.
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(ˈkru əlˌwɜrk)

a decorative embroidery done with crewel yarn, esp. in floral or pastoral designs.
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Noun1.crewelwork - embroidery done with loosely twisted worsted yarn
fancywork, embroidery - decorative needlework
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Perhaps more significantly, however, plant-in-pot designs formed part of a long-established vocabulary of embroidery design, from the earliest English crewelwork textiles and needlepoint samplers to a plethora of Victorian and Euro-American needlework embroidery.
The art of stumpwork continues today with embroiders embracing more contemporary themes, as does so-called crewelwork, one of the earliest forms of surface stitching, although designs tend to echo those developed in the 17th century.
She also made all of her family's clothing and enjoyed crocheting, knitting, crewelwork and needlepoint.
Bakkom relates this white cotton embroidery to other embroidery techniques, including crewelwork and stitched bed rugs, and shows how the designs compare to wholecloth quilts of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
A small chair that was given to me by my mother just before she died--it's a simple little desk chair with a crewelwork seat that was always in our living room.
Julia Prior's bird made from reclaimed wood and wire looks ready for take off in a chunky way, and Kate Busby's Tree of Life is apparently Jacobean Crewelwork and very lovely and delicate.
They are made of wool crewelwork in shades of blues and greens on a cream ground, and feature a beautiful design of scrolling flower heads, foliage, motifs of animals and oriental figures.
As we look at classification, it does indeed go beyond likeness and difference to take on the hierarchy implied by logic, a For example, in the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) : 746 Textile arts 746.4 Needlework and handwork 746.44 Embroidery 746.442 Canvas embroidery and needlepoint 746.443 Cross-stitch 746.445 Applique 746.446 Crewelwork 746.447 Silk ribbon embroidery