January 26, 2010

Crazy About Crewel

Not your grandmothers' embroidery! Today crewel embroidery is interpreted on pillows, fabrics and other home fabrics in a gorgeous and modern way. Usually following a screen printed outline, embroiderers will use a variety of stitches to create a textured effect. Crewel embroidery also tends to entail the use of wool, a thicker thread, thus the raised, dimensional feel to the work.

I think that these pillows from Esty Shop: Homemaker Movement are a beautiful modern interpretation of this traditional craft. I love the vibrancy of the brightly colored pillows as well as the tone on tone of the subtle gray pillow (I am in love with gray right now). Perfectly paired with solid colored pillow(s), these can add instant zing to your room(s).

*Note on pillows: when purchasing new throw pillows and your budget (and allergies) allows, go for down inserts. They can be fluffed back into shaped, washed and made over with new pillow covers. Much better investment than polyester batting filled pillows.

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