Examples of Crewel Embroidery have been around for more than a thousand years. Perhaps the most famous of these being the Bayeux Tapestry made in England around 1070, which depicts the Norman conquest of England.
Set Crewel Needles that you can use on different fabrics. The size of the needle used should match the weave of the fabric, so that there is not too much stress on the fabric as the thread is pulled through.
Wood or plastic hoops with adjustable tension, can be used to smooth the part of the fabric being worked on. This can help with certain stitches that could otherwise be difficult just in the hand, where the fabric would be less taut.
Pouncing tool, pricker to hold a needle when pricking out a design.
Stork Embroidery scissors
A Mellor or laying tool, if you are using gold tread.
A large clip-on Magnifying glass for a much better quality and detailed finish.
Two ply twisted wool in a mix of colours.
Fabric with a very tight weave like linen twill.
Vellum or thick tracing paper for printing on. Pounce for design transfer.
Acid free tissue for storing you finished embroidered work or masking whilst working.
You will need a pattern on the fabric to guide you. Four methods you could use are, prick and pounce, pens, iron-on or water soluble transfers. Pounce patterns are good because they are re-usable.
You will need to learn all the stitches needed to create the piece you are working on. You may not need to know them all to start with, as the piece you make may only need three of them. Crewel embroidery stitches include split, stem, long and short, crewel outline, satin, chain, buttonhole, french knot, seed, trellis and couching.
You will need good lighting for delicate work.
Ideal for wall and bed hangings.