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November 2022 Zoom Get Together

November 2022 Zoom Get Together

9 days ago
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Written by Priti Billimoria
Party Time! This months Zoom get together will take place on Sunday 27th November at 7pm UK time ...
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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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Harriet Roberts & the Muncaster Bed Hanging

Harriet Roberts & the Muncaster Bed Hanging

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Written by Laura Turnbull
Over the past 10 years Harriet has gone from inquisitive customer, to top fan, to becoming our US-based kit tester and embroidery consultant. Recently she has become an integral member of our team and has helped us create the most impressive and undoubtedly highest quality crewel work kit we have ever produced.
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Introducing our Festival 2021 tutors - Nicola Jarvis

Introducing our Festival 2021 tutors - Nicola Jarvis

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Written by Karen Morley-Chesworth

Nicola Jarvis has been a regular tutor for Lady Anne's Retreats and is well-known in the needlework community for her beautiful designs featuring animals, birds and flora. 

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Introducing our Lady Anne's Needlework Festival tutors - Hazel Blomkamp

Introducing our Lady Anne's Needlework Festival tutors - Hazel Blomkamp

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Written by Karen Morley-Chesworth
We are delighted to welcome Hazel Blomkamp as a tutor for the 2021 Lady Anne's Festival. Hazel will teach three fantastic designs during the retreat, all of which are brand new and feature in Hazel's unmistakable style.
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Lady Anne's Festival on the News!

Lady Anne's Festival on the News!

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Written by Phillipa Turnbull
Laura was interviewed last week about our Lady Anne's Festival taking place in July 2021. We also filmed the gorgeous Katie dressed up in our replica Lady Anne Clifford costume, which was embroidered by a team of local needlewomen in Appleby with Phillipa.
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The Muncaster Bed Hanging - the day of reckoning!

The Muncaster Bed Hanging - the day of reckoning!

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Written by Laura Turnbull
On Thursday last week the whole team travelled to Muncaster Castle to present our recreated Muncaster Bed Hanging to the owners Iona and Peter and also to perform the final colours and design checks before the final motifs are added to the replica embroidery by our consultant embroiderer Harriet Roberts.
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All England Tour Part II - Photos!

All England Tour Part II - Photos!

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Written by Laura Turnbull
Our All England tour drew to a close last week as we said goodbye to 20 wonderful ladies. We visited no less than 9 destinations of needlework interest and took god knows how many photos. While we sort them out here are a few to keep you going!
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Re-enactment reviving the historic art of dyeing

Re-enactment reviving the historic art of dyeing

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Written by Karen Morley-Chesworth
We are so fortunate that the UK's original British Festival of Wool takes on our doorstep in the Lake District each summer, and to encourage new businesses Woolfest have a 'Mini-stalls' section where I was delighted to meet Medieval Colours, established by Katarzyna.
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Out This Thursday - The Restoration Pillowe & Jacobean Hunt

Out This Thursday - The Restoration Pillowe & Jacobean Hunt

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Written by Laura Turnbull
Our New Autumn Releases are nearly here! Look out for this lovely pair this October!
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Muncaster Bed Hanging final stages

Muncaster Bed Hanging final stages

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Written by Laura Turnbull
The whole team is together this week to chat about the final stages of development of our next project design, the Muncaster Bed Hanging. Laura has flown over from Barcelona and our official kit tester Harriet Roberts is here from Memphis to perform the final colour and design checks ahead of the kit's planned release in mid-November.
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The Muncaster Bed Hanging - Photo Released!

The Muncaster Bed Hanging - Photo Released!

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Written by Laura Turnbull
We are so excited to release a photo of our almost ready Muncaster Bed Hanging. It is currently being tested by our illustrious kit tester Harriet Roberts and we can't wait to reveal all when it is released at the end of the year. This kit will replace our Glasgow Bedspread which has been on limited edition release since 2016. 
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Sandra Forsythe's Mellerstain Stag

Sandra Forsythe's Mellerstain Stag

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Written by Laura Turnbull
My stag has just come off the frame. I enjoyed him very much. Not in any way perfect but I learned such a lot and just love the feel of the fabric and the noise the thread makes. The lazy daisies in the flowers were stitched jointly with my ten-year-old. A great moment of companionship for us. Thank you for the hours of fun and learning. (It turns out I love French knots! :)) I will definitely be back for more in future. 
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2019 Summer Fair Successes

2019 Summer Fair Successes

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Written by Karen Morley-Chesworth
Summer fairs are a great opportunity to share our needlework skills by entering the local craft competitions. This summer we asked for your photos of your crewel work company kits that you had entered into summer fairs either this year or in previous years.
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The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust embroidered bodice on tour in Virginia, USA.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust embroidered bodice on tour in Virginia, USA.

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Written by Laura Turnbull

The embroidered bodice, which was expertly replicated and taught by Meredith Willett during our All England Tour Part I in 2018, is currently on display at the Jamestown-Yorktown Federation in Virginia.

The long-sleeved bodice, on loan from The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, features an embroidered design of trailing stems and leaves worked in coloured silk and metal threads, with metal spangles.

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