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March 6, 2012

This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Crewel Edition

By Betty Crafter

Once again I find myself with my fingers in too many craft pots!  I’m working on the skirt for Little Betty I talked about last time, I’m beginning to catch up (finally!) on Andrea’s Mad Men sew along, and I’m more than a little geeked up over this recent craft score:

Let me tell you right now that I love me some vintage crewel embroidery.  I get giddy with excitement when I find a framed piece or a pillow that would go perfectly in my home.  But never have I tried one of the many NIB vintage kits to be had on ebay or etsy, until I ran across this amazing lion pillow kit.

What is crewel embroidery you ask?  It’s embroidery with wool yarn.  These kits come with everything you need – the stamped fabric, the wool, trims, zippers, even the needle!  Plus they’re easy enough for a beginner to do.  Want to try one for yourself?  Here’s some great ones for sale!

How cute is this snail pillow?  It’s for sale by seller Helen’s General Nook Buy It Now for $5.99.  Find it here.

This mushroom and flower kit is available from etsy seller Howdy Stitches for $26.  Score it here.

I’m seriously in love with this Erica Wilson elephant pillow kit for sale by ebay seller All Things Miscellaneous for $24.99.  Please buy it here before I do!

This sunflower pillow is also by Erica Wilson and is for sale from etsy seller Folk Art Emporium for $36.  Get it here.

I have a big time weakness for squirrels and this wall hanging is almost too hard to resist!  It’s from ebay seller NJBen Online Sales for the bargain basement price of $3!  Grab it here.

It’s just impossible to be sad looking at this sweet little wall hanging!  You can get it here for $6.50 from etsy seller Betty and Dot.

Here’s another mushroom design almost too cute to bear.  Ebay seller maebe10 is offering it in this auction.

If a classic floral design is more your style you couldn’t do much better than this sweet kit available from ebay seller nikkel4 in this auction.

Lastly, this owl pillow kit isn’t crewel, but it was too awesome not to show you!  If you can’t live without it and are willing to drop $49.99 you can Buy It Now from ebay seller Needlework Treasures and Bargains right here.

So – are you inspired to get yourself a vintage crewel kit and start stitching?  I am!  Now where did I leave my crewel needle…


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5 Responses to This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Crewel Edition

  1. Andrea Reply

    March 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I hope we’ll get to see your lion when it’s done! I am loving that elephant, but I already have my fingers in too many crafting pots as well …

  2. RetroRuth Reply

    March 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Nice! Can’t wait to see that finished lion!!

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  4. Sara In AZ Reply

    March 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Yes, please show us the finished lion! I’m sure he will be spectacular!

  5. Annie B. Reply

    March 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    What great kits. Have fun with your lion – he’ll be a real trophy.

    That owl pillow is just beyond cool.

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