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American Crewelwork: Stitches of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries


American 17th & 18th century crewelwork differs from its English counterpart in a variety of way which seem to reflect the condition with which the needleworker, of necessity had to cope.

The background material was usually linen of the home-spun and hand-woven type readily available, although twill weaves and blankets were occasionally used. The crewels, or wool yarns used to decorate the plain surface were employed more meagerly than in England, for one characteristic of American work is the lack of wool showing on the reverse side. Where one finds much long and short, satin and heavy filling stitches on English work, the Colonists used stitches sparing of the wools: Couching, Flat, and simple filling stitches. The designs and their execution show differences: English work is usually more professionally done, while the great charm of the surviving American examples is in the free interpretation and inventiveness of our ancestors. In shor, this work is generally sparser in design, in amount of wool threas, and in variety of stitches.

It is for those who are draw by the grace, humor and simplicity of American crewel that this booklet has been prepared.

• Paperback with plastic spiral binding: 36 pages with illustrations throughout.

• Dimensions: approximately 5.5" x 8.5"

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