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CREWEL, CANDLEWICKING & EMBROIDERY

Links to Embroidery, Crewel, and Candlewicking Kits (Click on link to view selections in that category):

CANDAMAR CREWEL, CANDLEWICKING & EMBROIDERY

JANLYNN CREWEL, EMBROIDERY, CANDLEWICKING

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INFORMATION

The main difference between Crewel, Candlewicking, and Embroidery is the type of thread or yarn used, and the repetition and variation of certain stitches.  They all share the same stitches, such as satin, backstitch, french knots (primary stitch in candlewicking). 

Crewel is a design worked in wool yarn employing a wide array of traditional stitches such as satin, bouillion, backstitch, outline, lazy daisy, french knots, etc..  Until recently the entire design was intended to be stitched, but in recent years the choice of designs has broadened with the processes devised to screen print full color on fabric. upon which only certain areas of the piece are to be stitched.  The item description should specify whether the design is color printed or is simply outlined and to be completely stitched.

Embroidery generally refers to using cotton floss (usually separated into 1-3 threads depending on the stitch, the instructions, and your preferences) on fabric either outlining a design or stitching as if in crewel.  The stitches for embroidery and crewel are the same. The range of designs also includes a selection of preprinted designs which are to be stitched only in certain areas.

Many times embroidery is referred to as crewel and vice-versa, and often uses combinations of wool yarn, cotton floss, and candlewicking threads. Try using some metallic, blending filaments, and/or rayon threads to add sparkle and texture to your project. 

Originally, Candlewicking was done with--you guessed it--candle-wick material, which is thicker and more textured than yarn or thread.  It wsa less costly and more readily available than the finer embroidery threads.  The design would be stitched primarily in french knot, or a variation thereof, giving texture and interest to what was traditionally monochromatic (natural toned muslin stitched with natural toned candle-wick or yarn) to the piece (anything from tablecloths to bedspreads).  Now candlewick is done to accent floss embroidery designs done in color, as well as in the monochromatic wholecloth bedspreads, tablecloths, etc. Ccandlewick yarn made specifically for that purpose comes in several sizes and plys and is softer and easier to work with than the traditional cotton wicking.  The results are always elegant, and promise your work will become a treasured heirloom.  We will add home decor items such as table linens, quilts, lap quilts, bedspreads, wallhangings as soon as we receive the updated catalogues from the manufacturers.

 

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