The Crewel Work Company is a family business launched over 25 years ago by embroidery specialist Phillipa Turnbull. Phillipa and her daughter Laura share a passion for historic embroidery and for keeping the designs and techniques from the past alive and thriving. Their range of historically-accurate kits and life-changing Needlework Retreats in the UK and Ireland are hailed as among the best needlework experiences available.
"We take seriously the appreciation of hand embroidery and it's integrity as an art form equal to any other. It's deep and direct connection to the past is a source of constant inspiration as we forge new connections with embroiderers all over the world. Our aim is to derive happiness and enjoyment from needlework through shared experience and to thus ensure it survives for the next generation" Phillipa & Laura
Phillipa and Laura’s ongoing research in to historic embroidery allows them to bring you textile information from the historic source, including stitches and techniques long forgotten by current needlework stitch books. As such, their range of crewel work kits bring to life the designs, colours and techniques of the 17th and 18th centuries, while honouring the integrity of genuine crewel work.
"...from the recreation of HRH The Queen Mother’s Bedhead and Bedspread at Glamis Castle in Scotland to launching a textile museum at Muncaster castle in the Lake District, England..."
As well as developing their Kits and Retreat, Phillipa and Laura work with castles, country houses and museums around Britain to ensure precious private embroidery collections are understood and appreciated by fellow enthusiasts. Over the years these collaborations have led to a number of milestone projects, from the recreation of HRH The Queen Mother’s Bedhead and Bedspread at Glamis Castle in Scotland to launching a textile museum at Muncaster castle in the Lake District, England, all of which are testament to their dedication to this art form.