Jacobean Crewel Embroidery

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Jacobean Crewel Embroidery Class

Teacher: Judy Jeroy

This course presents an example of a design typical of the Jacobean period, using motifs from historical sources. Basic crewel stitches, as they were used in the period, are taught. Students are encouraged to research the stitches, dyes, materials, and design influences that shaped this embroidery. A short research paper relevant to the textiles of the period is required from the students. Students may design their own sampler if they wish.


Lesson 1. Read about the history of the period, including thread dyes. Learn to identify a typical Jacobean design. Work a sampler of long and short shading as well as buttonhole stitches.

Lesson 2. Work a sampler of filling patterns from the period, as well as a sampler of additional stitches for the final project. Submit an outline of the research paper. Submit a line drawing of your final project if you decide not to stitch the example.

Lesson 3. Submit a short research paper with bibliography and a sampler featuring a design typical of the period.

Course information

Text: $20
Time: Six months
Prerequisites: None
Supplies (approximate): $50

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