Date of Award

1972

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Art

First Advisor

Unknown

Abstract

The pleasure of turning the whole self to the creation of something beautiful, personal, and lasting is done through crewel work, one of the oldest and most delightful sources of tranquility. Crewel is an exceptionally creative type of embroidery which applies decoration to a fabric already existing using two-ply loosely twisted wool yarn. Its stitches are simple and so varied (75 in all) that they are never monotonous. The purpose of crewel was primarily conceived to decorate objects of use and the stitches were intended to become an integral part of the fabric, capable of standing up to years of wear and tear, as many historic examples have demonstrated.

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