Master Craftsman: Crewel Embroidery


Our Master Craftsman: Crewel program tests basic crewel embroidery techniques, stitch execution, color usage, historical knowledge and research skills, and original design skills. Three designs are provided including an example based on 18th century New England crewel embroidery requiring research into stitches and history and an adaptation of a Jacobean or Elizabethan crewel design. Two original designs are required including Step 6 which must demonstrate a mastery of stitching, color, and design.



Step 1: A provided design with emphasis on basic skills in stitch execution and color usage.

Step 2: A provided design with required and elective stitches and color choices based on research of eighteenth century New England crewel embroidery.

Step 3: An original design, developed from specific motifs, to be worked on a patterned fabric in an analogous color scheme.

Step 4: One of three provided designs, demonstrating skill in shading techniques.

Step 5: An adaptation of a Jacobean or Elizabethan crewel design based on research into the period.

Step 6: An original design, entirely in crewel wool, demonstrating mastery of stitching, color, and design.

Judging: April and October

Judging Criteria: Workmanship, selection of appropriate materials, color, and ability to follow directions.

Contact: Master Craftsman Crewel Chair

Click here to see requirements for Step 1 and pictures of completed pieces

After enrollment, a program packet is sent by email from the program chair. Please allow a week for your registration to be processed.

*Master Craftsman Program fees are non-refundable