List of Supplies Needed for Designing Texture

For this class, students should gather the following materials. The retail cost of these materials is approximately $50 although students can easily use what is in their stash.

1 skein of crewel wool, of any color: Renaissance Dyeing Crewel Wool and Au Ver a Soie Fine d’Aubusson are good brands. The wool used in the class samples is Appleton crewel wool #505.

Three 10” x10” pieces of medium or heavy twill cloth, approximately 1/3 of a yard. For those wanting materials similar to what was available to the 17th century, use linen or linen-cotton twill. The cloth used in the class samples is white 100% cotton denim.

Needles of an appropriate size for the thread. Use a #24 chenille needle with Appleton crewel wool.

Copier paper, office paper, or a sketch pad

Simple line drawings of your favorite animals and flowers. A few motifs are provided in the lessons but students are encouraged to use their own.

Tissue or tracing paper

Sewing thread in a color similar to but slightly darker or lighter than the fabric. For instance, light blue thread for white fabric or tan thread for ecru fabric.

NOTE: This class teaches texture by limiting the tools and materials available to students. While students will design a monochrome crewelwork embroidery, they are not required to actually stitch it. In this class, it’s all about the journey not the destination. Thus, students can use materials they have in their stash. If a student decides to stitch their final design, they will need enough fabric and thread to do so.

Crewel thread and linen twill can be found at a local needlework shop. These materials can also be ordered from these suppliers:

Alex-Paras NeedleArts, 506 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, Connecticut 06109, (860) 257-2718,,

Threadneedle Street, 485 Front St N, Issaquah, WA 98027, (425) 391-0528,,

With Needle In Hand, 224A Boardman Canfield Rd., Boardman, OH 44512, (330) 758-8122,,

Sewing supplies can be found at a local craft, quilting, or fabric stores. National chains such as JoAnn Fabrics, Hancock Fabrics, and Walmart will also have the sewing supplies.