One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Embroidery or tapestry done with crewel yarn on linen cloth.
- ‘I have tried to imitate such crewel work using embroidery floss rather than Persian wool like this panel uses.’
- ‘This two-day course teaches the techniques and stitches used in Jacobean crewel work or wool on linen.’
- ‘Because many long stitches are used, crewel work is generally done on a frame or in a hoop.’
- ‘The original cloth of this crewel work was missing altogether, all that survived was the wool embroidery.’
- ‘Wool is almost invariably used in crewel work and colourways are not as elaborate as in chain stitch.’
crewel work/ˈkro͞owəl ˌwərk/
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