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Her Ladyship's Purse

Her Ladyship's Purse - Coming Soon!

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Written by Laura Turnbull
Based on a fascinating 17th century artefact, Her Ladyship's Purse, features a range of stitches, including Satin, Long & Short shading, Padded Satin, Seeding, Straight Stitches, Couching, and Bullion Knots, this design features delicate strawberries and beautifully-shaded pansies on glistening silver branches beneath an intricately embroidered arch.
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Photos from our Spring Residential Retreat at Askham Hall - March 2024

Photos from our Spring Residential Retreat at Askham Hall - March 2024

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Written by Laura Turnbull
A splendid 11 days were spent at Askham this Autumn this month, with old friends and new. Here ar...
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Join us at our Appleby studio!

Join us at our Appleby studio!

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Written by Priti Billimoria
We are pleased to open our studio doors to our community of stitchers! Open studio days for 2024 ...
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Harriet Roberts - Our Master Stitcher

Harriet Roberts - Our Master Stitcher

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Written by Laura Turnbull
Harriet has built up a wealth of crewel knowledge and technical expertise. This has led, over the past several years, to Harriet becoming our official Master Stitcher, a position we have evolved to describe her responsibility as a key member of our design and kit development team.
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Our 2024 Kit releases!

Our 2024 Kit releases!

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Written by Laura Turnbull
We're looking forward to no less than nine new kit releases this year, including the opportunity ...
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Totally Crewel Work at Gawthorpe Hall

Totally Crewel Work at Gawthorpe Hall

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Written by Laura Turnbull
Join us this October for an intensive Crewel Work course with Phillipa Turnbull and our Master St...
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The Gawthorpe Bed Hanging

The Gawthorpe Bed Hanging

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Written by Laura Turnbull
Pre-order this November!The Gawthorpe Bed Hanging Currently in production by our incredible team ...
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Coming Soon! Feller Peach Tree

Coming Soon! Feller Peach Tree

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Written by Laura Turnbull
This special design, which has been cleverly interpreted by Kate Barlow from the Feller Mirror d...
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The Gawthorpe Ponegranates - our first release of the year!

The Gawthorpe Ponegranates - our first release of the year!

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Written by Laura Turnbull
We are thrilled to be launching the second of a series of needlework kits in collaboration with t...
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Our Give Back Friday Charities 2023

Our Give Back Friday Charities 2023

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Written by Laura Turnbull
Needlework for Change Here at the Crewel Work Company, we have always felt the strong connection...
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Give Back Friday

Give Back Friday

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Written by Laura Turnbull
Give Back Friday is our alternative to Black Friday and is focused on donating to great causes, giving back to our community, and supporting our small, family business by giving those who have been patiently waiting for the chance to purchase our kits at a discount.
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Welcome to the studio Appletons!

Welcome to the studio Appletons!

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Written by Laura Turnbull
This week we welcomed Caroline Cranley and Deborah O'Brien from Appletons Wool to our new studio....
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Feller Mirror - Class of 2023!

Feller Mirror - Class of 2023!

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Written by Laura Turnbull
We're so proud of all the incredible work coming out of Kate Barlow's two Feller Mirror classes. ...
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Join our Monthly Zoom Get Togethers!

Join our Monthly Zoom Get Togethers!

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Written by Priti Billimoria
Everyone's welcome! Each month Phillipa hosts a relaxed, free session where anyone can join, stit...
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Congratulations Eileen!

Congratulations Eileen!

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Written by Laura Turnbull
Eileen Alexander from Brownsburg, IN has been awarded Reserve Champion 2022 Hendricks County Fair for her Spring Wreath which was designed and taught by Jo Butcher in our May 2021 Online Festival. 
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Jacobean Linen Twill Update

Jacobean Linen Twill Update

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Written by Priti Billimoria
We are delighted to begin accepting wholesale orders over 10 metres of our Jacobean Linen Twill.
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Embroidery as Therapy

Embroidery as Therapy

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Written by Laura Turnbull

Celebrating World Mental Healthy Day

As a society, where technology is king, with everything from the weekly shop to reading the latest thriller possible to achieve on a machine, it’s hardly surprising that mindfulness is having a bit of a moment and along with is a surge in popularity of a number of non-technology based hobbies, including needlework.

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Aesop's Fables - Our up coming release!

Aesop's Fables - Our up coming release!

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Written by Phillipa Turnbull

We have been busy! As has become customary over the past few years here at the Crewel Work Company, over the past few months we have been working up to a significant Autumn release ready to hit our store in a few days.

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Phillipa’s podcasting with Stitchery Stories

Phillipa’s podcasting with Stitchery Stories

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Written by Karen Morley-Chesworth
 If you love BBC Radio 4, and the spoken word, you may have already discovered the delights of po...
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Craft in COVID 

Craft in COVID 

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Written by Karen Morley-Chesworth

Arts and crafts are the beating heart of every culture around the globe. And as we all face this terrible pandemic together, needlework is a lifeline for many of us. 

As well as the emotional and mental benefits of crafting, it is also playing another vital role in our community.  

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New beginning for the new normal

New beginning for the new normal

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Written by Karen Morley-Chesworth
We would like to thank you all for your great support over the past four months, which we know has been a very challenging time for many of you. Since lockdown began, we have been sharing a daily crewel work video with you and your response to these little films has been heartwarming. We are continuing with our videos and have some exciting new ideas coming up for the months ahead, which we will share with you in our newsletters.
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Introducing our 2021 Festival Tutors - Trish Burr

Introducing our 2021 Festival Tutors - Trish Burr

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Written by Karen Morley-Chesworth
Trish Burr is a Cape Town-based designer, author and teacher of hand embroidery. Specialising in Needlepainting and Whitework patterns, her artistic designs have inspired many to take up the craft. She has published 8 books, the latest of which has been published in collaboration with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Her online shop offers Needlepainting and Whitework patterns, embroidery materials and tutorials for all levels from beginner to advanced. 
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Lady Anne Clifford - The Inspiration for Our Festival

Lady Anne Clifford - The Inspiration for Our Festival

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Written by Phillipa Turnbull
In the run up to our inaugural Lady Anne's Needlework Festival in 2021, Phillipa talks about how the life and legacy of Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1679) have influenced her and the company she founded nearly 30 years ago.
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Lady Anne's Needlework Retreats - A Battle Hard Fought

Lady Anne's Needlework Retreats - A Battle Hard Fought

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Written by Laura Turnbull
Sixty-years-old might seem fairly late in life to embark on a career in property restoration, but this is exactly what Lady Anne Clifford, Countess of Dorset, Pembroke and Montgomery did.
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Brief Needlework Interlude! - New Book Recommendation

Brief Needlework Interlude! - New Book Recommendation

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Written by Laura Turnbull
If you need to take a break from stitching for a brief moment and you fancy diving into a good book or audio book, this is a great read. We don't usually do book plugs but this is a special, and perhaps indulgent one, for it documents in most eloquent form a vibrant period in Phillipa's maternal grandfather's family history. 
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Lady Anne's Festival - News

Lady Anne's Festival - News

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Written by Laura Turnbull
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting impact on our work environment and event schedule for 2020, we have had to delay the launch of our Lady Anne's Needlework Festival website site by 3 weeks. Look out for news in the coming weeks for an update and to find out how you can book you classes.
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Beating Around The Bush 2020 - Our Designs

Beating Around The Bush 2020 - Our Designs

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Written by Laura Turnbull
On 3rd February our friends at Inspirations magazine will open booking for the 2020 Beating Around the Bush Needlework Convention!⁠

We are so excited for this years BATB, it's always a blast and Phillipa was busy stitching three new designs last year in preparation for her classes, which will take place during the week-long event.⁠
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Stratford Residential Retreat - Design Update

Stratford Residential Retreat - Design Update

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Written by Laura Turnbull
We are pleased to show you the latest images of the embroideries that our six wonderful tutors: Mandy Ewing, Jessica Grimm, Nicola Jarvis, Jenny Adin-Christie, Phillipa Turnbull and Kate Barlow will be teaching during the Stratford-Upon-Avon Residential Retreat in March 2020. 
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Presenting our Stratford Residential Tutors

Presenting our Stratford Residential Tutors

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Written by Andrew Benson
Presenting our 2020 Stratford residential Retreat tutors!
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Nancy Fulton's Scottish Highlands Tour Plaid

Nancy Fulton's Scottish Highlands Tour Plaid

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Written by Laura Turnbull
Thank you Nancy for sending this photo your Tartan with bespoke "F" initial and beautifully finished into a coaster.
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What are you stitching? Oh...just a Bedspread!

What are you stitching? Oh...just a Bedspread!

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Written by Laura Turnbull
As the Glasgow Bedspread takes its leave at the end of this year we wanted to share with you photos from some of the dedicated bedspreaders out there who are currently stitching the design (or who have remarkably already finished stitching it!) and a few quotes to hear what the project has meant to them.
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The Crewel Jewels Needlework Group

The Crewel Jewels Needlework Group

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Written by Karen Morley-Chesworth

We talked about the various therapeutic benefits of stitching earlier but there is no denying that of its most powerful by-products is the opportunity for connection with others and the groups and communities it creates.

Marcia Alvis-Slinski, crewel tutor and Guild leader from Brownsburg, Indiana and her group the Crewel Jewels are no strangers to the benefits of group stitching. Marci (pictured above) has dedicated her career to teaching others to get the best out of their crewel work and shares so many our own passions about keeping crewel work alive, especially in the United States where access to supplies and interest in the art form has waned so much over the past generation.

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FAQs on the Muncaster Bed Hanging

FAQs on the Muncaster Bed Hanging

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Written by Phillipa Turnbull
Many of you have had some great questions about the Muncaster Bed Hanging leading up to its release on Wednesday. We have put together this post of FAQs for everyone to read.
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The Muncaster Bed Hanging - What's Included?

The Muncaster Bed Hanging - What's Included?

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Written by Francesca Pilsbury
Like it's predecessor the Glasgow Bedspread, The Muncaster Bed Hanging will be available in three formats, Full KitPrinted Linen & Instructions, and Printed Linen
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Our new Elizabethan Even-Weave linen

Our new Elizabethan Even-Weave linen

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Written by Phillipa Turnbull

Many years specialising in crewel work and exploring our passion for historic textiles have taught us to use only the highest quality materials to obtain the best results from our embroidery.

We thought we would share with you our recent research challenge as we set about sourcing a historically accurate 'Elizabethan' even-weave linen for our range of Elizabethan needlework kits.

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