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Crewel embroidery

Crewel embroidery is an embroidery technique which is at east a thousand years old. It was used in the Bayeux Tapestry, in Jacobean embroidery[?] and in the Quaker tapestry.

The word crewel comes from an ancient word describing the curl in the staple, the single hair of the wool. Crewel wool has a long staple; it is fine and can be strongly twisted.

The crewel technique is not a counted-thread embroidery (like canvas work), but a style of free embroidery.

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