|Chairs upholstered in hand-embroidered crewel fabric. I think the pattern is called "Tree of Life" based on my research.|
Crewel is a special kind of embroidery done with a pointed hook and used for drapery and upholstery. Rows of chain stitch done with a pointed hook form solid patterns usually rotating from the center and creating an embossed effect to add richness to the textile. Crewel is done on the thick material popularly used for furnishing and usually carries flowing floral and creeper designs.
All embroidery is done by hand in either single or double ply wool. Designs are available in assortment of colors ranging from a single color to multicolour embroidery. The price is related with the amount of embroidery done on the material.
The technique is at least a thousand years old. It was used in the Bayeux Tapestry, in Jacobean embroidery and in the Quaker tapestry.The origin of the word crewel is unknown but is thought to come from an ancient word describing the curl in the staple, the single hair of the wool.
|Here is an example of a single color embroidered crewel. This fabric had a much looser weave and was very heavily textured. The background linen was very thick and heavy. These Wydeven Design chairs sold in 2011.|